Fine Art Déco pin with diamonds in white gold & platinum, circa 1925
Bar brooches, brochettes, pins - all these are names for a form of jewelry that enjoyed great popularity in the first decades of the 20th century. They were worn in many different ways, and particularly creatively during the Art Deco period. For example, the German fashion journal "Die Dame" stated in its 1925 fashion notes that people now wore "rather voluminous pins, which always look best at the front of the waist as a clasp or finish to an insert." But they could also be seen as the finial of a blouse collar, or even pinned over garçonnes' ties. The brooch here is in a dainty format, making it particularly versatile. Its front is plated with platinum to make it gleam white, in keeping with the style of the period. The precious metal has been interwoven with fine shadow gaps, which structure the surface of the brooch ornamentally and make it look like lace. In the center, an old-cut diamond of about 0.08 ct is set in a raised setting as a focal point. Two small diamond roses accompany it. The jewel is a very typical example of an Art Deco jewel. Since the turbulent 1920s, it has been preserved as well as if not a day had passed since then.
With the invention of gaslight and then electric light at the end of the 19th century, glistening brightness suddenly filled the ballrooms of Europe. No longer dark, yellow candlelight, but the white glow of hundreds of lamps made the ladies' jewellery shine and glitter as never before. No wonder that as a result of these developments, a new fashion also emerged: white jewels made of diamonds and silver responded to the new lighting conditions and replaced the previous more colourful designs. In general, jewellery was increasingly richly set with sparkling gems to create an ever more luxurious and rich appearance. At the great balls in Paris, London and St. Petersburg, ever more magnificent diamond necklaces were presented, as well as tiaras, brooches and rings, all dreams in white diamonds. The name of the era, the Belle Époque, still indicates the goal of the period: To shine in beauty. But the fashion for white jewellery also remained current in the following decades, right up to the Art Déco of the 1920s. Only the materials of the settings changed. The rapidly tarnishing silver was first replaced by platinum settings and later by jewellery made entirely of platinum or the white gold developed shortly before the world war.
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