Lemon ice cream at midnight

Precious diamond bracelet or necklace in platinum of the Art Déco, around 1930

Black and white, shine and shadow, day and night: the contrasts that describe the tense decade of Art Deco continue to fascinate to this day. The late 1920s were marked by social and economic tensions. Yet alongside poverty lay great new wealth, alongside misery previously unseen pleasures such as the cinema and the automobile. A whole generation wanted the dawn of a new life after the war: a life of beauty, joy and without worries. No wonder that this period also saw the emergence of a new fashion that wanted to break just as radically with what had gone before. Art Deco was international, dazzlingly bright in the brilliance of its diamonds and modern in its austere, graphic forms. Platinum was the material of the moment, white and bright, and almost always set with numerous sparkling diamonds. The jewel here has rescued a part of that world of beauty into the present day. More than eight carats of diamonds in ancient cuts are set in platinum. The three larger, octagonal elements are each designed around two large diamonds. Smaller links in between connect them in soft movement. The size of the links staggers towards the centre. This is also where the two largest diamonds are set. Lightly tinted yellow, they reminded us of lemon sorbet: like the crowning glory of a long dinner, they are the highlight of the design here. The special highlight of the piece is that it can be worn in two ways. In this it is modern and shows the joy of the technique of the time: if the shorter connecting element is hooked in, the piece becomes a bracelet. Or it can be worn as a necklace if the longer chain is hooked in. In this case, an elongated bridge screwed into the back can give the middle piece additional stability. The jewel was created in the years around 1930, probably using diamonds from older pieces of jewellery. This is indicated by the cuts of the diamonds, which date to the second half of the 19th century. An independent appraisal has confirmed their quality. It is enclosed with the piece of jewellery.

Paris was the European capital of Art Deco. This immensely elegant and modern style had its origins here, in the great exhibition "Exposition internationale des Arts Décoratifs et industriels modernes" in 1925. 15,000 exhibitors from 18 countries showed the latest trends in industrial design and the applied arts around the Grand and Petit Palais.Around the Grand and Petit Palais, 15,000 exhibitors from 18 countries showed the latest trends in industrial design and applied arts - and visitors quickly agreed that a whole new style for life had emerged here. The geometric, powerful forms of the designs, soon to be called Art Decó, quickly became popular all over the world; New York, for example, soon established itself as the most important place for architecture in this new style. But Paris remained the center for all kinds of the arts. Painting, decorative arts and jewellery - the most impressive, convincing and still well-known designs and artists lived and worked here.

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