The spirit of the times

Splendid jewellery of historicism with diamonds & rubies, around 1875

Throughout the 19th century, people looked again and again to the past, to its rich history, but above all to its wealth of forms. Thus, jewellery in the style of Gothic, Rococo, Renaissance and antiquity was created. But already the art historian Julius Lessing knew in 1895: "A strict imitation of the existing models takes place only in the rarest cases. One changes and mixes according to our needs. [Here] the element of life reveals itself, that which later periods will recognize as the actual style of our time." Lessing showed foresight, for ornaments such as the present abound in historical references-and yet they could have been created at no other time than their own. In the amphora-shaped suspensions of this pendant brooch, one can detect a faint echo of the Etruscan-inspired style that was particularly popular in Italy and England. The shell shape crowning the central element and the powerful C-sweeps are taken from the Rococo period, while the overall shape is reminiscent of Renaissance pendants. Thus, for all its love of the past, the result is an innovative piece of jewellery that above all embodies the splendour-loving spirit of its own time. Ruby cabochons and large rose-cut diamonds set the quality-crafted pendant. The top hanger can be removed and the eyelet folded in, allowing the piece to be worn comfortably as a brooch. When worn as a pendant, the brooch can be unscrewed and the C-hook folded in. We received the goldsmith's work from a private collection in Cologne.

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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.