The first ball

Splendid gold necklace in "Garland Style" with quarter carat, circa 1995

The first ball of the season was and is always a special event: not only that the debutantes were finally allowed to introduce themselves to society after a long wait. The start of the ball season also promised pleasure again after the months of secluded stay in the countryside during the summer retreat. The latest dresses, the newest jewels were presented, and with the waltz the wheel of rumors, jokes and the old pleasures turned anew. No wonder that especially sparkling jewellery with diamonds enjoyed special popularity since the last years of the 19th century, because especially in the time of electric light it came along especially effective. The years around 1900, the height of the Belle Époque, brought a formal language to the world of jewellery in the form of the so-called "Garland Style", which countered Art Nouveau with a more classical, refined style. Allusions to Louis XVI forms and motifs from classical antiquity enlivened a classicism that valued small, delicate laurel tendrils just as much as meticulous festoons and ornamentation. Diamonds were the preferred trimming here. The necklace presented here shows this style in a very typical way, but it is a commissioned work from the end of the 20th century, which came to us from Salzburg. Unlike the colliers of the turn of the century, this piece is made of solid gold and convinces not least with its pleasant heaviness. A magnificent pendant in the form of an arch adorned with laurel branches is attached to a golden chain in the middle. Three movable laurel pendulums are also adorned with small leaves and continue the motif. A fine brilliant cut diamond weighing a quarter carat is set in the center of the showpiece and sparkles in a golden frame. Small chains on the left and right visually connect the centerpiece with the chain. The garland style necklace is nicely crafted and perfectly preserved: An unusual piece of solid gold jewellery that combines tradition and modernity.

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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.