The dawn of modernity

Elegant Art Deco stick pin with onyx & diamonds, circa 1925

For a brief moment it seemed possible, the dream of a happier society without hardship and poverty, in new luxury and beauty. The First World War was over, the economy began to warm up and a new style conquered art, architecture and crafts: Art Deco. The historical forms of the turn of the century had been discredited with the demise of the old social forms. The new urge for fun-loving wealth demanded new forms, which the new objectivity was unable to fully satisfy. In a return to clear geometries, symmetries and the noblest materials, the formal language of the new era emerged: dynamic, splendid and modern. The work presented here speaks precisely this language. Developed from the simplest geometry imaginable - the line - the ends unfold in the shape of a fan. At their center, four radiant diamonds and deep black onyx form an elegant pattern of stripes in black and white. The platinum plating on the front makes the brooch shine in cool light. It is the departure of classical modernism to seek a creative combination of elegance of form, preciousness of materials and strength of colour that can be observed in this piece of jewellery. A special stick pin of the years around 1925, well preserved and of extraordinary elegance.

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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.