Precious basket

Giardinetto necklace in platinum, gold & precious stones, c. 1910

Giardinetto jewels are designs that imitate flowers or fruits, usually in a vase or basket. Colored stones are often used as blossoms and fruits, and they preciously imitate nature's delicious gifts - just as in the case of this necklace, which presents a wicker basket with precious flowers made of gemstones as a showpiece. Giardinetto jewellery first appeared in the Rococo era, but the design idea was also taken up again in waves in the following centuries. Flower baskets were particularly fashionable again at the beginning of the 20th century and remained popular well beyond the middle of the century. Our example was made in the years around 1910 and is made of platinum on a base of gold. A flower basket is joined to a platinum anchor chain, which is gathered together by a small diamond-set agraffe, in which three rubies, two emeralds and a total of eight diamonds sparkle. The diamonds are appropriately rose-cut. A pearl is pendulously suspended and enriches the design with its soft shimmer. The necklace is a fine example of the fashion of the years of the late Belle Époque, which knew how to use the styles of the past as a source of inspiration.

Flowers and plants were a major theme in the fashion and jewellery of Europe in the second half of the 18th century. The Rococo promised joie de vivre and confidence, elevated culture and courtly refinement. Filigree and colorful "giardinetto" (from the Italian, "little gardens") ornaments are among the most appealing creations of this period. They often feature graceful compositions of small blossoms or bouquets of flowers with gemstones and diamonds, and sometimes arrangements set in a basket, cornucopia, or pot. Very few of these enchanting pieces of jewellery have survived over the centuries. Cf. Hanns-Ulrich Haedeke, Schmuck aus drei Jahrtausenden, Cologne 2000, no. 376 ff.

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