Symphony of Light

Elegant Art Deco Diamond Brooch In Platinum, Around 1930

In the era of Art Deco, jewellery of cool elegance and utmost luxury emerged in Europe and the world. Intoxicated by the speed of the new automobiles, delighted by the sparkle of champagne and still dizzy from the view of the new skyscrapers, a very unique design language emerged: bright colors, shiny metal and richly set with sparkling gems; such were the jewelry of the new era. It was the time of the great jewelry companies in Paris and New York, which catered to an international clientele of nobility, film and business. But independent masters were also designing pieces of previously unseen delicacy and perfection. In contrast to the historicizing forms of the 19th century, but also in distinction from the colorful Art Nouveau style, which was close to natural forms, they created jewellery that was intentionally modern, dynamic and non-representational. The present brooch comes from this environment, combining the radiant white of diamonds with the cool luster of platinum, unleashing a true symphony of light. The brooch features an elongated rectangular shape with a diamond-shaped flare in the center. A total of eighty-one transitional and rose-cut diamonds set close together set the center of the design. On the outside, an ornamental band of sawn arabesques completes the design and takes away the austerity of the angular forms. A small masterpiece of Art Deco, which we were able to discover in Baden and which inspires even under the magnifying glass. We have had a detailed appraisal made, which also confirms the fine quality of the diamonds.

The twenties and thirties were the wedding of white jewellery. Especially jewels made of platinum experienced their first great fashion. Although the metal had been known since antiquity, it received little attention for a long time, not least because its high melting temperature (1,768 °C) made it difficult to process for a long time. In Spanish, it was even referred to somewhat disparagingly as "platina" ("little silver" / "little silver"), from which our current name is derived. It was not until the turn of the 20th century that improved smelting processes enabled the triumph of the metal, which allows far finer and more detailed work than gold or even silver. The most precious metal in the world at the time was valued above all for its light color, which excellently enhances the effect of white diamonds. It was precisely this combination that gave rise to jewelry pieces of the radiant, cool elegance so favored by Art Deco.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.