Signs of a new beginning

Pretty art nouveau brooch with diamonds & sapphire, Germany circa 1905

The world of flowers and plants has always inspired jewellery makers. The ancient Egyptians wore jewellery with water lilies as a symbol of the sun and rebirth, in the Rococo period flowers were an expression of the ideal of nature exaggerated and controlled to the point of artificiality, and in the Victorian era flower motifs made of precious metals, enamel and coloured stones conveyed messages in the language of flowers. Then, in Art Nouveau, nature once again became the artists' source of inspiration. The fact that the world of flora was particularly popular as a motif in Art Nouveau is not solely due to its beauty. The reason makes perfect sense: for plants, and flowers in particular, are an expression of growing and becoming, and every year in spring they are a sign of a new beginning. Just as flowers break through the snow and green leaves emerge from gnarled branches, so Art Nouveau was intended to revitalize art. With the new century, the time was ripe for a new aesthetic, appropriate to a world of technical achievements and innovations. The present brooch is in keeping with this theme and presents it to us in a playfully asymmetrical design. A three-petalled flower winds stylized between a vine, its stamens formed by diamonds and a blue sapphire flashing in the light. The delicate brooch is very well preserved and beautifully demonstrates the ideals of the new art and found its way to us here in Berlin.

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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.