The nights at the Place Pigalle

Exquisite Belle Époque bar pin with natural pearl & diamonds, France circa 1910

Do you ever imagine what it would be like to have been born earlier? A whole century or so before and in Paris? Think of the magnificent Opera Garnier, the new grand boulevards that Haussmann carved into the city, where splendor and wealth shook hands. The ladies at the Moulin Rouge swing their legs in their red tights, the men wear tails, and champagne wets their lips, the ladies expelling its carbonation from their glasses with a little golden whisk. The exquisite stick pin here presumably took part in these goings-on, for it dates from that very period and was made in France. It is a true testimony to those years of the early 20th century and to how beautiful, how splendid that era must have been if you belonged to the right class of people. This elegant brooch from the so-called "Belle Époque", the beautiful era, presents 26 diamonds as a glittering row. A shimmering natural pearl forms the centre of the elegant composition. The bar pin made of high-carat gold is covered with a layer of fine platinum, the most precious metal of all at the time, which had been introduced into jewellery manufacture only a few years earlier by Louis Cartier. This was because the new salons, no longer lit by gaslight or candles but by the new electric light, demanded brilliant-cut diamonds set in a translucent manner, which was easier to master with the particularly hard platinum than with softer gold. In the wonderfully restrained elegance and all the presence of its period of origin, this highly elegant brooch displays a magnificent combination of the materials used here. Let yourself be seduced into a bygone era!

Luxury, joie de vivre and the celebration of beauty were the ideals of the years around 1900: the Belle Époque revelled in wealth and glamour: the world's most beautiful dancers danced at the Moulin Rouge in Paris, the society couples in love met on the Ringstrasse in Vienna, and the ladies' gowns and diamonds shone brightly at the balls in the elegant hotels on Unter den Linden in Berlin. Like every era, of course, these years had their own fashions and preferences. In the 1900s, it was diamonds set in platinum and gold that made hearts beat faster: sparkling treasures were created that also stood out from the exuberant dresses of the time.

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