Most tender temptation

Romantic Belle Époque brooch with rubies, diamonds & pearls, circa 1905

Convincing and beautiful jewellery designs have existed in every era. But when it comes to delicacy and ethereal delicacy in design and realization, no era has produced such magnificent jewelry creations as those last short years before the outbreak of the First World War. At the height of the Belle Époque, jewels were created that are still unparalleled in their delicacy. A fine example of this refined, but never artificial style is the present noble brooch made of rubies, pearls and diamonds. The work of gold with a bright silver face presents itself in the form of a stylized circular bow. The two elegantly overlapping ends lend the design a dynamic asymmetry and break the austerity of the composition, as do the two moveably suspended pearls. Bows are an ancient symbol of attachment and are particularly common in the early years of the 20th century, when our brooch was also made. Furthermore, the materials underline the romantic connotation of the design: The ruby, for example, was understood as the stone of passionate love, while the pearl is the symbol of Venus, the goddess of love, who, according to legend, was also born from a shell. Finally, the diamond traditionally stands for eternity. In our brooch, this trio has been combined into a beautiful composition. For dating, see the numerous impressive examples in David Bennet and Daniela Mascetti: Understanding Jewellery, Woodbridge 2010, pp. 281-284.

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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.