Dragonfly Dance

Fabulous vintage dragonfly brooch with precious trimming, around 1980

We dragonflies Hopping in the criss-cross, On the springs And the streams to and fro. Floating We float in the sunshine Our life Our lives are a dance of rhymes. We feed On the sunlight's rays And desire, Wishing, hoping for nothing With the morning We entered into life Without a care We fall asleep in the evening. Today we're shimmering We're shimmering in joy and sunshine; Tomorrow we'll be Andre here in the vine dance. August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben (1798-1874) The dragonfly is one of the animals that inspired artists like no other. Even the English word for dragonfly, "Dragonfly", indicates that in Celtic culture the dragonfly was thought to be a small flying dragon. In this conception, the dragonfly is a small type of dragon on which fairies and elves can fly - thus the dragonfly was seen as a small fairy dragon of a fairy-tale parallel world. Germanic folklore holds a different interpretation. So recently deceased souls are said to transform into dragonflies in order to ascend to heaven. These stories, the iridescence of the wings of the large and mysterious animal and its hovering, ethereal flight movements inspired the designers of Art Nouveau and stimulated their imagination. And so the dragonfly quickly found its way into the decorative arts of the 1900s: it can be found engraved on Lalique's glasses in Paris as well as on Majorelles' furniture in Nancy. The great jewellery houses of Europe also produced likenesses of the little dragon of the air in precious materials, which took up residence on the dresses of the ladies of the turn of the century. The present dragonfly, to be worn as a brooch, delights with its quality workmanship and exquisite appointments. It is handcrafted from high-carat gold. Its body consists of precious sapphires and emeralds. As a small highlight, a brilliant-cut diamond is set at the tip of the tail. Two green emeralds also form the eyes of the animal. The wings are made of gold with an exciting surface finish - the goldsmith has succeeded in capturing the shimmer of the iridescent wings and capturing it in metal. The little animal flew to us here in Berlin and we think it was created in the years around 1980. It refers to the naturalistic Art Nouveau style of the years around 1900 and is playful, decorative and made of the finest materials.

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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.