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Bar brooch with diamonds in platinum & gold by Wilhelm Müller, Berlin circa 1925

It's loud, fast and wild: traffic rushes across Potsdamer Platz in the slowly fading evening light. The traffic lights in the middle of the square - the first traffic lights in Germany! - jump to red, people stream across the streets, past the waiting automobiles, laughing, running, jostling, and filling the many large bars around them. The neon signs on the houses begin to glow, a jazz band sounds from afar: Berlin in the twenties was a cosmopolitan city, for a brief moment a melting pot of cultures, a New York of Europe. This brooch dates to that very time. The elongated bar brooch is made of gold, the surface of which is entirely covered with bright platinum. In the center, the brooch widens into an almond-shaped elongated decorative element. Three white old-cut diamonds shine in its center, visually magnified by surrounding shadow gaps. Small diamond roses and sparkling millegrain detailing set additional highlights. The maker's mark "XX" attributes the jewelry to the assortment of the Berlin jewelry manufacturer Wilhelm Müller, who had its headquarters on Gertraudenstrasse in Berlin Mitte. In the lively and then exciting city of Berlin, designers such as Müller responded to the rapidly changing fashion trends of the "jeunesse dorée", offering high-quality and time-typical designs.

Berlin experienced a rapid boom in the 19th century. Due to immigration, the population increased tenfold during this period and amounted to almost 1.9 million around 1900. Entrepreneurs from all regions of Germany were drawn to the city and made Berlin the most important business location of the Empire. Economic prosperity allowed cultural life to flourish and social life soon eclipsed all other cities in the country. For the ladies, a suitable jewelry outfit was indispensable. Berlin was the ideal location for a jewelry merchant. One such merchant was Wilhelm Müller. In 1847, he founded a specialized wholesale business for precious stones, pearls, jewels, gold and silver jewelry. Most of the creations were made in the branches in the gold city of Pforzheim and in the silver city of Schwäbisch-Gmünd. The parent company of the family business was located in Gertraudenstraße in Berlin Mitte. Miraculously, it survived the destruction of World War 2 and still stands today as a reminder of the imperial era at Berlin's Spittelmarkt. At the turn of the 20th century, the Müller company was the leading jewelry retailer and was known beyond the borders of the capital for its high-quality goods.

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