Paradise Now

Expressive bird of paradise brooch in gold, rubies & diamonds, circa 1950

This brooch is a piece of jewellery that we immediately took to our hearts. The equally funny and cute bird of paradise is made of solid gold and inspires with its first-class worked surfaces. The piece was probably made in Vienna and dates to the 1950s. At that time, shortly after the war, the need for large pieces of jewellery in precious materials was great. Particularly representational designs replaced the strict, late Art Deco, without completely denying this formal language. The feathers of the aerial jewel are represented by golden, plastic engravings that seem to move expressively and elegantly. The precious animal is adorned with precious stones and cut rubies set both wings and tail feathers. Diamonds adorn its head and foliage reveals sapphire flowers also set with diamonds. A large double pin on the back makes the Bird of Paradise wearable on solid fabrics and fur - pieces of this type were popularly worn on fur coats. The brooch is made of gold in a rare alloy that cannot be hallmarked in Austria. However, the piece comes with a detailed independent expertise that has confirmed the materials. The excellent workmanship and the particularly high-quality materials of the brooch are decisive for the value of the piece - apart from the wonderful design, which makes this bird brooch a very special "conversation piece" that is sure to evoke enthusiastic reactions.

The jewellery of the 1960s playfully turns against the abstractions of Art Deco as well as against the widespread classicism of the immediate pre-war years and thus testifies to the will for a completely new beginning. With lightness and wit, the deprivations of the war were renounced and the future turned towards, without at the same time forgetting to express the new wealth of the economic miracle in the field of jewellery as well.

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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.