Fine Composition

Vintage Diamond Necklace With Pearls In Shapes Of Garland Style, Around 1980

The years shortly after 1900 brought a formal language to the world of jewellery in the form of the so-called "Garland Style", which countered Art Nouveau with a neoclassical approach to style. The motifs of this style - bows, laurel leaves and the garlands that gave it its name - were borrowed from the late 18th century. The aristocracy and the bourgeoisie, which had become highly prosperous through industrialization, used the recourse to the taste of Marie Antoinette's contemporaries to represent themselves elegantly. This necklace corresponds to this ideal of the Belle Époque. On a chain of white gold and natural pearls we see a magnificent pendant attached. Its design is based on a loop, the ribbons of which form a cartouche. Small diamonds set the bands and a large pearl is pendulously suspended in the center of the design. The front of the pendant is made of attractively blackened silver, while the back is made of high karat yellow gold. In total, there are about one carat of diamonds worked. At first glance, the necklace appears to be a typical example of the Garland Style of the 1880s - but some details reveal that it was created about a century later. In the 1980s, numerous jewelry pieces paid homage to the classic and magnificent white jewels of the Belle Époque. They are recognizable, as here, to the trained eye under the magnifying glass because of the diamond cuts used, the hallmarks and the details of the workmanship, and often the use of white gold, which had not yet been invented in the 19th century. The necklace, coming to us from the Rhineland, is nicely finished and a real eye-catcher in the glitter of fine diamonds and pearls.

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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.