Youth beauty

Vintage pendant & brooch with agate gem in gold, Naples around 1980

All times have their fashions, and all fashions have their effects also on the field of jewelry. Jewelry of the 1980s is an often beautiful, and always impressive testimony of a time of optimism and abundance: The oil crisis seemed to be over, Wall Street flourished - People sipped cocktails and paid with credit cards, everything seemed possible. At the same time, a new image of the woman emerged: self-confident and tough, asserting herself at work, in the face of men, successful, with broad shoulder pads and high heels, she adorned herself with rings, necklaces and brooches in hitherto unusual dimensions, with reflective surfaces of yellow gold and rich trimmings of colored gemstones. This small brooch from the '80s of the 20th century is a child of the period: a frame of gold presents a gem cut from two-tone lagestone with the extremely detailed portrait of a youthful lady. The graceful beauty has tendrils in her hair, which is covered by an effective veil. Shyly she looks down and seems to be dreaming. Wonderfully, the cut stands out against the dark blue background. The gold setting holds the gem and, with the help of a retractable eyelet, allows it to be worn as both a pendant and brooch. The stamping proves that it was made in Naples.

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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.