Literary brooch from old elements, around 1900 and earlier
Who is not happy about the unexpected luck to find a letter from a dear hand in the mailbox? Who doesn't like to lose themselves in the worlds of a captivating novel? And quite a few also like to take up the pen themselves to put ideas, dreams and thoughts, verses or even just dear greetings on paper. This brooch presents a hand with a quill in a sparkling frame of diamonds and pearls. The shimmering golden hand emerges from a finely detailed cuff. Her slender fingers hold the long quill. In a moment, she will put the first words on paper. Jewellery in the form of small hands, which pass or hold diamonds, coloured stones or small bouquets of flowers, e.g. carved coral, or point to things, can be found throughout the 19th century. First a big fashion in the Biedermeier period, the following generations were also enthusiastic about such witty pieces again and again. The brooch we have here was created in the period around 1900. This is suggested by the workmanship and the design. However, it reached us incomplete, so we added the hand with feather, which is possibly even older than the frame itself. Thus, both parts were joined together in our workshop to form a so-called Mariage.
In the late 19th century, a new, never-before-seen type of jewellery emerged: so-called "Novelty Jewellery" caused a sensation with new, surprising and previously unthinkable shapes and material combinations: for example, birds suddenly settled on swings and became earrings. Many everyday objects found their way onto the lapels of ladies and gentlemen, such as tennis rackets, golf clubs and stamps, but the technical world also found expression in this fashion. Machines, automobiles in miniature and the new telephone were surprising focal points. The purpose of these pieces was to provide points of contact for conversation in society. At birthday parties, a brooch with the year of birth of the person being celebrated could be a sympathetic gesture; on joint hunting trips, a fox brooch could complement the wardrobe in accordance with the setting. Even skulls glowing from the eyes by batteries were offered to set a macabre, yet cheerful accent at a dinner party. Yet the jewelry was not exclusively costume jewelry. Many pieces were, of course, designed for one-time use and made of inexpensive materials. The ever more advanced industrialization also in the jewelry sector allowed at one time the mass production of gold-plated and also only gold-colored brooches and pendants. But also renowned goldsmiths created small novelty pieces from precious metals, set with precious stones: For the fashion for the curious, surprising and cheerful was alive and well in all strata of society: indeed, the royal family in Great Britain even took a pioneering role here - and with their use of jewels set the standard by which their subjects then wished to be measured. For more on this fascinating topic, see Charlotte Gere / Judy Rudoe: Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria, London 2010, pp. 190-247.
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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.