In Distinguished Company

Precious Diamond Brooch of the Art Déco, A.E. Köchert, Vienna Circa 1930

The jewellers A. E. Köchert have been among the most renowned jewellers in Austria since their foundation in 1814. The main shop has been located on the Neuer Markt in Vienna since 1873 and the most famous jewels from this house were worn by the most famous European monarch herself. The jewel treasure of the Austrian Empress Elisabeth (Sisi) included, among other things, a set of diamond-studded stars which she wore as an adornment in her long hair, a sight immortalized by Franz Xaver Winterhalter in his portrait. From 1831 until the abolition of the monarchy in Austria in 1918, Köchert was Imperial and Royal Court Jeweller and Chamber Jeweller. Court and Chamber Jeweller and Goldsmith as well as personal jeweller to the Austrian Emperor and his court. However, this fabulous brooch from around 1930 proves that the Köchert company not only created first-class pieces of jewellery during the time of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. It speaks the formal language of international Art Deco and delights with its select setting of a total of 85 pure white baguette cut and old European cut diamonds. A total of 7.10 carats of diamonds glitter at the beholder and, in combination with cool platinum surfaces, bathe the piece of jewellery in bright white. A larger brilliant cut diamond of more than half a carat forms the centre of the design. Finely staggered lines and two three-dimensional agraffes at the ends of the brooch show the expressive elegance of the years around 1930. All of the diamonds used here are of excellent colour quality; an independent appraisal we commissioned on the jewellery rates each stone as G. And indeed, when a ray of light strikes the facets of the brooch's surface, which is entirely paved with diamonds, it is a white glow that the brooch radiates.

With Art Deco, the 1920s brought a new style to the world of jewellery: geometric abstractions, precious materials and luxurious fittings were in demand and were supplied by goldsmiths in Paris, London and Vienna as well as by their colleagues in Berlin and overseas. One special type of jewellery enjoyed particular popularity: so-called "white jewels" combined diamonds and platinum or white gold to create crystalline, cool and particularly elegant pieces of jewellery; unearthly, seductive, a little worldly and thus particularly luxurious.

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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.