Pale pink and light blue
Rare necklace with aquamarines & pink topazes, Great Britain circa 1910
In the early years of the 20th century, the longing for lightness determined the creation of art. One looked to Japan, for example, whose reduced formal language and light colors fascinated the Western eye: colorized photos of pink cherry blossoms in front of Edo's light blue canals made the rounds. Impulses from the aesthetically more austere eras of their own culture also fed the new art. Thus, quotes from the formal world of classicism, such as laurel leaves and garlands, were increasingly used again. And the innovation did not stop at dress fashion: in the salons, ladies wore ethereal creations from the House of Worth, draped in delicate silk chiffons in colours such as eau de nil, powder pink and mauve. The present necklace appears like a quintessence of these stylistic tendencies. It is designed as a delicate garland of laurel leaves setting diamond roses in platinum. A large halved natural pearl is set between each double leaf. Old-cut diamonds in platinum settings pendulum beneath the center pearls, which in turn crown blue aquamarines and pink topazes. The precious coloured stones are set side by side, creating a powdery dichotomy. And yet the necklace does not appear heavy or overloaded, because the magnificent centrepiece narrows towards the sides and merges into a simple, fine gold chain. We were able to discover this unusual piece of jewellery in London, and according to its hallmark, it was also made in Great Britain. It is made of a gold alloy that was only used until 1932, which also proves its early date. An independent appraisal of the quality of the gemstones used comes with the necklace.
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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.