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Glamorous Art Deco double clip brooch with diamonds, Great Britain circa 1930

Joy shared is joy doubled! This glamorous brooch illustrates this particularly well: thanks to a clever mechanism, it can be split and transformed into two clips. These clips are certainly among the most beautiful and typical pieces of Art Deco jewellery. Extravagant, precious examples, mostly set with diamonds, were produced by Cartier, Boucheron and Van Cleef & Arpels in Paris from the late 1920s onwards and were soon followed by goldsmiths all over the world. The special thing about this new type of brooch was that it could no longer be worn only on the lapel, but everywhere on the dress, on the belt, on the bag and even in the hair. Often as a pair, but also individually, surprising accents could be set, which had not been possible before. At the time of their introduction, the shape of the clips was initially flat, the surfaces richly set with diamonds. In the course of the 1930s, more voluminous, geometric shapes came into fashion. Yellow gold also replaced the previously favoured white gold, in line with the general trend of Art Deco. Armed with this knowledge, it is easy to date our double clip: Its coloration, white as ice, cool and elegant, reveals, as does the shape of the clip plates, that the two brooches must have been made in the years around 1930. The clips are crafted of high-carat white gold with a front of platinum. Sixty-six diamonds with a total weight of approximately 3.36 ct and different cuts lend the jewel an almost otherworldly glow. The hallmarks show that the clips were made in Great Britain. On the history of the clip and its development, see David Bennett/Daniela Mascetti: Understanding Jewellery, Woodbridge 2010, pp. 322-325, with numerous illustrations.

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