Window into a distant time

Precious brooch with 2.03 ct old European cut diamonds in red gold, around 1890

Jewellery richly set with high-quality diamonds is one of the hallmarks of jewellery from the last third of the 19th century. But this development did not occur for purely fashionable reasons. The discovery of large diamond deposits in South Africa made the coveted gemstone available on a larger scale for the first time. For after a farmer's boy had found the large Eureka diamond of 21.25 ct on the banks of the Orange River in 1866, diamonds began to be mined there in open-cast mines. Approximately 2.03 ct of diamonds believed to be of South African origin are set in gold in this pendant, illustrating the previously unheard of abundance of beautiful, clear diamonds. The gemstones are shaped in a cushion-shaped old European cut, so that each has individual proportions. They have been arranged in a diamond shape in fine red-gold knob settings, which in turn is intersected by a diamond of delicate gold struts. The resulting form appears to be a variation on a Gothic quatrefoil, such as one finds in historic church windows. In fact, the Gothic was allowed to serve as a source of inspiration for the arts throughout the 19th century. Since the Romantic period, it has been regarded as the symbol of a distant, nobler age, both morally and artistically. Symbolically charged in this way, elements of Gothic architecture in particular were also found in jewellery at the end of the 19th century. Artistic goldsmiths such as Louis Wiese created precious gems with recourse to Gothic ornaments, but with a contemporary sensibility, which revived the Gothic as an era of longing for the last time. The present brooch was created in Germany and has been excellently preserved since its creation about 130 years ago. It came to us from Cologne.

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