Art Deco from Berlin
Large aquamarine in a gold setting by Ernst Schmidt, Berlin circa 1928
Great and perfect gemstones have always been rare and precious, and today they are more so than ever. So we are very pleased to be able to present to you in this offer an aquamarine that has all the characteristics of a truly royal jewel. The light blue stone has a weight of 119,453 ct and shines flawless in a strong blue. The only aquamarine of comparable size and purity known to us today is in the possession of Queen Elizabeth II, who received it from the government of Brazil for her coronation in 1953. Our gemstone is set in high-carat 750 gold, and its setting further enhances the significance of this precious aquamarine: the signature means that the gold carving can be attributed to one of the most important artist-goldsmiths of modern times, the now virtually unknown Ernst Schmidt, who set the stone in the years around 1928. During his lifetime, Schmidt's workshop in Berlin was mentioned in the same breath as such famous houses as Cartier and Tiffany's, as a glance at the extensive work Le Arti d'Oggi by Roberto Papini from 1930, who published several of Schmidt's works, shows. Schmidt's style is a special form of German Art Deco that expresses itself through an expressive formal language based on stylized natural forms. Schmidt skilfully frames the magnificent aquamarine in such a way that the stone is only securely held by barely perceptible bars, but no rim partially covers the precious stone. A clasp with tendril forms and granulation elements takes up the chain and looks like a strange plant that could have sprung from the imagination of a Franz Marc or an August Macke. If you are looking for an investment that combines artistic and material value, this jewel is a unique opportunity. Join the quality ranks of the jewels of European royalty with this fantastic aquamarine - and enjoy the radiant blue of the huge, flawless Brazilian aquamarine in an excellent gold setting from the 1920s.
It's loud, fast and wild: traffic rushes across Potsdamer Platz in the slowly fading evening light. The traffic lights in the middle of the square - the first traffic lights in Germany! - jumps to red - the waiting people stream across the streets, past the waiting automobiles, laughing, running, jostling, and filling the many large bars around them. The neon signs on the houses begin to glow, a jazz band sounds from afar: Berlin in the twenties was a cosmopolitan city, for a brief moment a melting pot of cultures, a New York of Europe.
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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.
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.