Golden Era

Expressive Vintage Brooch With Pearl & Diamonds In Gold, Germany Circa 1960

Gold was the big theme of jewellery in the post-war period: it spoke of a new prosperity and optimism. With the economic miracle, it also made its way into jewelry fashion as a protagonist, often without any gemstones at all or with subtle gemstone settings. Heavy, magnificent necklaces and bracelets made of gold soon adorned entire pages of jewelry catalogs, the shop windows of jewelers and, not least, the décolletés, wrists and lapels of fashion-conscious ladies. Often it was the texture of the gold that lent the designs their special charm. "Textures fascinate craftsmen today more than ever before," wrote Graham Hughes in 1963, then secretary of the historic Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, the English professional association of goldsmiths (Hughes, Modern Jewelry, London 1963). No longer were shiny, polished gold surfaces in demand, but those that played with light and shadow through their surfaces and thus exhausted all facets of the gold's color. The present brooch is such a piece of jewelry. In keeping with the modernist penchant for abstraction, it is composed of expressive bars with fine hatched texture. These delicate, superficial structures were especially popular in the late 1950s and early 1960s, while textures became increasingly bold and three-dimensional towards the end of the 1960s. Thus, we date the brooch around 1960. The bars form an abstract flower in typical period taste. At the end of the rods sparkle small old-cut diamonds, which have found a secondary use in this piece of jewelry. The center of the composition is occupied by a shimmering cultured Akoya pearl set in a flower-shaped shell. The brooch is in very good condition and is an elegant accessory in the expressive style of the Midcentury.

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