Un pezzo d'Italia

Splendid necklace made of three rows of salmon-coloured Mediterranean coral, Italy circa 1900

August 15 is one of the most important holidays in Italy. Known as Ferragosto (from the Latin Feriae Augusti, feast day of Augustus), the day marks the hottest period of the summer around which practically all Italians go on holiday to where it is cool: to the sea or the mountains. Almost all economic life comes to a standstill, instead there are celebrations everywhere and in many places the evening ends with fireworks at midnight. This necklace takes us back to such an August about 120 years ago. Over the Bay of Naples, the sun is already low on the horizon. A light breeze blows from the sea, the lemons are in bloom, and in the shade of the stretched sailcloth the weary travellers from the north gaze far out over the smooth water. How far away is the rain-soaked homeland with its obligations, work and toil - how beautiful and carefree life is here! The necklace strings three strands of beautiful, salmon-coloured Mediterranean coral. The rather large pearls are cut by hand and never quite round, but always somewhat flattened to the sides. This not only proves that they were created at the turn of the century, but also guarantees the soft flow of the necklace at the décolleté. The necklace has a wearing length of about 46 cm and is beautifully assorted. The color of the coral varies slightly from light to darker tones. A renewed clasp in gold plated silver holds the necklace securely and makes it easy to put on. We have had the chain re-threaded so the necklace can be worn immediately.

In August of each year, the Baroness von Üchtlitz celebrated her birthday at Schlochtin with a summer party. Next to the castle, on the large meadow, stood a grove of linden trees, "there the tea was to be taken. The meadow and the copse were full of people, full of colorful dresses, colorful ribbons, colorful hats, and in green of the copse, in the gold of the afternoon sun, all the colors took on a gemlike luster." The two young princesses of Neustatt-Birkenstein drove up in the Landau. They wore blue summer dresses, coral cords around their necks. In his last great novel, the "Princesses," written in 1917, Eduard von Keyserling once more resurrected all the splendor and splendor of the nobility in the old empire, but with every ray of sunshine the end of the familiar order already shines through. It is quite natural here, at the Baroness's summer party, to wear coral necklaces. For these jewels of the sea were a distinct summer adornment at the turn of the century. Cf. Eduard von Keyserling: Fürstinnen. Novel. Afterword by Jens Malte Fischer, Zurich: Manesse 2017, pp. 62-63.

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