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Sparkling St. Esprit brooch with diamond roses, circa 1840

Sparkling and bright, guided by the rays of the sun, the dove glides towards the earth. In her beak she holds an olive branch. Like its plumage, it is studded all over with diamonds. A particularly large rose-cut diamond adorns the body of the animal, which thus seems to consist of nothing but light. The brooch here, made of diamonds, silver and gold, depicts the dove of the Holy Spirit. Brooches of this type are called "St. Esprit" brooches, for it was in France that this type first appeared in the course of the 18th century. Mostly made of silver with glass stones, they were typical jewellery of the rural population, who could thus wonderfully combine their love of God with the desire to adorn themselves. In the later 18th and in the course of the 19th century brooches were also made of more precious materials. For they were no longer worn only by the population of the rural areas, but also became popular jewels in the towns of the bourgeoisie and the salons of the nobility. The brooch presented here was created in the middle of the 19th century. The detailed design reflects the love of realism in jewellery of those years. It is particularly beautiful that the back of the brooch is also decorated with engravings, which here reproduce the feathers of the animal. The dove found its way to us in Stuttgart. It reached us in a case of the Berlin court jeweler Hugo Schaper of the years around 1910. At that time the brooch was also given a new brooch. It is therefore possible that the dove stopped over here in Berlin a long time ago. Cf. on the St. Esprit brooches of the 18th century Ginny Reddington Dawes / Olivia Collings: Georgian Jewellery 1714-1830, Woodbridge 2007, pp. 150f.

Rose-cut diamonds, also called "rose couronée" - "crowned roses", can already be found in 16th century jewellery; numerous famous diamonds such as the Orloff and the Grand Mogul are designed in this rose cut. It is characterized by the fact that the upper side of the diamond is faceted in a star shape and the underside is cut flat. This creates a very specific, soft shimmer that is very different from the sometimes garish glow of today's brilliant-cut diamonds.

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