Arabian Nights

Romantic antique diamond brooch of orientalism, around 1890

In the late 19th century, especially in the years around 1890, photographs, drawings, but also paintings with the motif of the crescent moon can be found. For example, the so-called "Paper Moon", a crescent moon cut out of cardboard or wood, was a popular prop for travelling photography studios. Most people at that time did not own a camera and had themselves photographed at fairs, often sitting on the crescent moon. Some of these photographs have survived to this day and are considered coveted collector's items. So it is a longing that lies in the symbol of the moon and that is charged with meaning in various ways. The moon stands both for the actually unreachable distance of our earth's satellite and symbolically for the seductive vastness of the Orient. In contrast to the centuries before - in the 18th century the Turks still stood before Vienna as feared enemies - the Ottoman Empire was no longer seen as a threat, but as a desirable, foreign and exotic counterpart. People longed for the adventurous and exotic faraway place, often as a way out of the constraints of life in the present. Jewelry pieces such as this moon brooch are children of this fashion. 34 rose-cut diamonds set the silver face on an 18-karat gold body. This combination of materials was widespread before the invention of white gold, when platinum was also not yet known to be processed: The patinated silver was meant to make diamonds shine brighter, not tint them through the warm gold. Instead, the diamonds actually shine out even more through the slightly blackened background of the silver and make the crescent moon sparkle. The precious moon is beautifully preserved and came to us from Belgium. A magnificent piece of jewellery as if from the Arabian Nights.

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