Glamourama

Spectacular Art Deco diamond brooch in platinum, circa 1930

Typical of the 1920s and early 1930s, this brooch takes the shape of a flat shield set with numerous diamonds, amounting to 7.30 ct altogether. Graphic lines structure the central area, surrounded by a scalloped edge that lends a certain softness to the piece despite its modernist appearance. Pavé-set with 188 diamonds in platinum, the piece glistens and shimmers with every movement of its wearer. A large diamond of approx. 0.40 ct is set in the middle. Further old European cut diamonds cover the entire surface of the brooch. What little is visible of the platinum is structured with millegrains, which in combination with the pierced decor lend a surprising depth to the design, letting it appear as though it were composed of light and shadow entirely. Delicate, intricate and crafted with great attention to detail, the brooch showcases the fine quality that marks the best pieces of its era. A wearable piece of jewellery history, the brooch is as timelessly beautiful now as it was almost a century ago.

The twenties and early thirties were the heyday of platinum jewellery. Although the metal had been known since antiquity, for a long time little attention was paid to it. Not least its high melting temperature of 1,768 °C made it difficult to process for a long time. In Spanish it was even referred to somewhat disparagingly as "platina" (little silver), from which our present name is derived. It was not until the turn of the 20th century that improved smelting processes enabled the triumph of platinum, which allows far finer and more detailed work than gold or even silver. At that time, platinum was the most precious metal in the world, and it was valued above all for its light colour, which excellently enhances the effect of white diamonds. It is precisely this combination that gives rise to pieces of jewellery of the radiantly cool elegance so favoured by Art Deco.

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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.

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