Above all fashions

Splendid cross pendant in platinum & diamonds, Belle Époque circa 1910

The cross has remained a constant form in the history of Western jewellery. Whether as a splendidly decorated example with rubies and diamonds in the Rococo period, worn by a court lady on a velvet ribbon; whether in the multiple variations of 19th century bourgeois jewellery; or whether adapted to the modern, geometric formal language of Art Deco. The cross is shown at the height of that late Belle Époque style that dominated the jewelry world in the 1910s. Large and extravagant, graphic and precise, the cross is interpreted. The basic form of the Latin cross is rhythmically interrupted by shadow gaps and mille grasps, clear lines and seemingly overlapping geometric shapes characterize the modernist design. In the center is a large diamond solitaire of about 0.72 ct. A total of 83 other old-cut diamonds are set all around, adorning the surface at every conceivable point. Typical of the time, the cross is crafted in platinum, the most precious metal at the time. Its materiality, the design with fine lattice openings, but also the cut of the diamonds allow us to date the piece of jewellery to the time around 1910. The piece of jewellery comes with a detailed appraisal by the German Society for Gemstone Appraisal.

Luxury, joie de vivre and the celebration of beauty were the ideals of the years around 1900: the Belle Époque revelled in wealth and glamour: the world's most beautiful dancers danced at the Moulin Rouge in Paris, the society couples in love met on the Ringstrasse in Vienna, and the ladies' gowns and diamonds shone brightly at the balls in the elegant hotels on Unter den Linden in Berlin. Like every era, of course, these years had their own fashions and preferences. Shortly before 1900 it was the strong colours of the high-carat golden yellow and red gold that made the hearts beat faster: In combination with diamonds, this created sparkling treasures that also stood out from the colorful and exuberant dresses of the time. In the years around 1900, so-called white jewels in cool white light then came to the attention of fashion.

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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.

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