Pavé de luxe
Exquisite large Art Deco pendant with 5.17 ct diamonds in platinum, circa 1928
This exquisite pendant features the classic jewellery design of the 1920s: a flat shield shape is set close together with diamonds. Numerous such and similar designs were created in those years for the upper classes, because a wardrobe was only really complete with a precious, preferably large piece of jewellery. The pendant presents two large brilliant-cut diamonds at its centre, surrounded by an almost unmanageable number of other white diamonds in a wide variety of cuts. A total of 78 fine white diamonds are set in precious platinum and shine in glittering light. The platinum appears almost invisible and recedes completely into the background before its diamond brilliance. Finely sawn shadow gaps and the use of so-called mille grips, with which the remaining platinum surface is broken into literally thousands of small areas, produce a play of light and shadow for which jewels like this brooch simply have to be loved. The type of diamond setting used here is called a "pavé setting": very many small gemstones are set very close to each other and thus literally cover the surface of the precious metal. The word pavé comes from the French and can be translated as "paving". In fact, the surfaces of jewellery with pavé settings are reminiscent of shimmering streets or paths paved with diamonds instead of granite stones. The aim of this very elaborate technique is to focus the viewer's attention entirely on the continuous surface of sparkling diamonds. And this jewel of the golden twenties succeeds wonderfully, as it presents itself in the dress of probably the most noble "pavement" in the world: the pure brilliance of more than five carats of diamonds...
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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.