From the jeweler of the emperor

Collar buttons made of gold & natural pearls, Gebr. Friedländer, Berlin, around 1900

The collar buttons presented here come from the court jeweler of the German emperor. The fine pieces, made in Berlin in the years around 1900, have been preserved in their original box. On the lid we read the name of the Friedländer brothers. They ran their richly equipped business in a prestigious location on the street Unter den Linden, not far from the Berlin City Palace. Some of the Friedländers' works are exhibited today in the Jewish Museum in Berlin and numerous courtly gifts came from their workshops. The collar buttons presented here are crafted of 14-karat gold and each presents a genuine natural pearl. Also known as Orient pearls, these marine treasures from the Persian Gulf were absolutely precious rarities before the invention of the cultured pearl. At the beginning of the last century, their value was roughly equal to that of diamonds of the same size. Until the first decades of the 20th century, the classic evening wardrobe of the gentleman was not complete without stylish collar buttons for the shirt and especially those with pearls were considered a badge of good taste. A stylish set for the gentleman and a true testimony to the Berlin of the imperial era.

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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.