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Large brooch with precious zircon & diamonds in gold & platinum, around 1910

At the end of the 19th century, artists and designers longed for new forms of expression. The traditional ornaments no longer seemed contemporary but overloaded and used up. The early Art Nouveau found its answer in the realm of the flowing line; the incipient Modernism finally in the world of technology. The brooch presented here appears as reduced as possible and shows itself as a sparkling bar of diamonds only, with a magnificent blue precious zircon on one side (See: "Learn more"!). 58 diamonds in various old cuts make up the sparkling row, the stones set in platinum. Almost looking like a precious magic wand, the brooch measures more than eight centimetres in length. The beautiful precious zircon with its electrifying color makes the piece of jewelry special. We discovered the brooch in Vienna and were thrilled by its reduced yet impressive formal language.

Zircon is a natural gemstone that is unjustly little known in Germany. It has nothing in common with the cheap "zirconia", which is produced in the laboratory and is a cheap diamond substitute. Genuine zircons are precious gemstones that can occur in many beautiful colors, with the blue specimens being particularly prized in the Art Deco era and still represent rarities on the jewelry market today. These blue zircons bear the trade name "Starlit" and they are created by carefully firing the stones, which are always found dark brown and almost look like simple hard coal in their raw state, at temperatures of around 1000 degrees Celsius, wrapped in clay. With a bit of luck, the unmistakable blue emerges, which is one of the most sought-after colors in the spectrum of zircons. This is how an inconspicuous material is transformed into something very special.

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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.