Autumn Gold

Splendid set of necklace & earrings in precious topaz & gold, around 1840

Magnificent, sculptural pieces of gold jewellery captured the hearts of the ladies around 1840. From the small-scale cannetille jewellery made of gold filigree, which had been worn from 1820 onwards, fashion developed into voluminous but still detailed driftworks, which often found their inspiration in the world of nature, leaves and tendrils. The hardships of the Napoleonic wars were over - with early industrialization came the time of bourgeois prosperity. Precious jewellery was no longer worn only at court. This demi-parure of necklace and earrings is a particularly high-quality example of jewellery from around 1840. 35 precious topazes of a total of 38.70 ct are set in warmly shimmering yellow gold and show themselves in autumnal colours. Golden, finely veined leaf ornaments frame the gemstones of the necklace and alternate with filigree intermediates that still subtly recall the cannetille work of the immediate past. The earrings and the centrepiece of the necklace are almost identical in design and feature pendulums in the form of sculpted vines. The gemstones used here are distinguished by their clarity and warm play of colour. The palette of precious topazes ranges from light gold to warm honey colors to a deeper amber tone, whereby a symmetrical arrangement of the varying hues has been skilfully achieved. They are most likely found in Brazil, where the most beautiful topazes of this color family were found as early as the 18th century. Due to their beauty, they are still called Imperial Topaz today (see "Learn more"). We have had independent appraisals made for the well-preserved set, which certify the value of the materials.

When news of the discovery of the rich topaz deposits of Ouro Preto in Brazil reached Lisbon, the Portuguese court threw a great party. Rumours had been circulating since 1751 about a Brazilian ruby, a new type of gemstone from Brazil that would give the notoriously scarce royal house new financial reserves and prestige. In 1768, the time had come for Joseph I and his entire court to celebrate. And the wonderful stone that was praised here, the precious topaz, still enchants and seduces gemstone lovers. This particular topaz, with its sherry brown to pink color, is still found in Ouro Preto today. It is the most expensive and rarest topaz of all, pure and luminous. For many generations it was reserved only for the nobility of Europe, so small were the quantities mined. At the end of the 19th century, the deposits were even considered to be completely exhausted - until 1908, when more stones were found at a greater depth in the same place.

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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.