Dream a Little Dream of Me

Small gold star pendant with natural pearls and a diamond, England circa 1890

Stars shining bright above you Night breezes seem to whisper "I love you" Birds singing in the sycamore trees Dream a little dream of me... A piece of fashion history is this flower-shaped star that you can wear as a pendant. But what makes the star so exciting? Stars set with precious stones, usually pearls or diamonds, were popular pieces of jewellery in the second half of the 19th century and it can be explained why the star in particular was able to conquer the hearts of jewellery lovers so much in those years. On the one hand, stars were an expression of the Orientalism of the time, with its fondness for exotic and foreign cultures. On the other hand, the enthusiasm for star motifs was due to the Empress of Austria, who introduced the motif of diamond stars to Viennese society and made them into immortal classics of jewellery history to this day. The most famous portrait of Sisi, painted by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, shows the young empress with a multitude of radiant diamond stars in her flowing dark hair, which were specially made for her by the Viennese court jeweller A. E. Köchert. After the publication of this portrait in the press there was no stopping the ladies of Viennese society. Every woman who could afford it wanted to come into possession of at least one precious star, which, with the sparkle of diamonds or pearls, would spread a little glamour and proximity to the latest fashions of the court. The jewel here presented is in keeping with this fashion. Preciously set with 36 finely lustrous natural pearls and an old-cut diamond in a central position, the star was created in Britain - showing that fashion was already transcending borders in the 19th century. Apparently, just like the ladies of the Vienna Hofburg, the ladies of London society succumbed to the ever-renewing call of cosmic beauty. We have added a modern gold chain so that the pendant can be worn immediately.

Natural pearls have always belonged in the art and wonder chambers of the rulers of Europe. The value of natural pearls compared to cultured pearls is obvious - just like natural gemstones, they are small natural wonders. The price of natural pearls in the years around 1900 was about the same as that of diamonds of the same size, and pearls for a necklace were usually purchased individually for reasons of cost and collected until a strand was assembled. The magic that emanates from natural pearls can hardly be put into words, as each natural pearl is different from the next and has its own luster, structure and shine. They are always wonderful unique specimens of nature - which are hard to find today.

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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.