Over the Rainbow

Gorgeous opal & diamond jewellery of the Belle Époque, around 1910

"Somewhere, over the rainbow, way up high There's a land that I heard of, once in a lullaby" Looking at the two large opals in this gem, you can imagine yourself in a land beyond the rainbow, as in the famous 1930s song. Their wonderful play of color displays a multitude of shimmering light reflections that cover the entire spectrum of the rainbow. In addition to greens, blues and yellows, we also see the rarer reddish hues in the rather large stone, which sprays new flashes of color with every movement. Since the late 19th century, the most important country of origin for opals has been Australia, where our stones were also found. This piece of jewellery presents the two fantastic gemstones in a graphically reduced design that shows off their iridescent life of their own particularly well. The jewel is made up of two parts and shows an opal in the upper part as a triangle placed on top. Below it, the second stone is suspended as an elongated oval. Four old-cut diamonds accompany the opals and add white highlights to the jewel. The jewel, like so much Belle Époque goldwork, can be worn both as a pendant and as a brooch. For this purpose, an enclosed brooch can be screwed on and off.

The years around 1900 brought a formal language into the world of jewellery with the so-called "garland style", which countered Art Nouveau with a more classical, finer stylistic conception. Allusions to Louis XVI forms and fine motifs from classical antiquity enlivened a neoclassicism that valued small, delicate laurel tendrils just as much as meticulous festoons and ornaments with tiny mille griffons. Fine materials and invariably luxurious fittings were sought and supplied by goldsmiths in Paris, London and Vienna as well as by their counterparts in Berlin and overseas. One particular type of jewellery was particularly popular: so-called "white jewels" combined diamonds, coloured stones and platinum to create a crystalline, cool and particularly elegant impression; supernaturally seductive, a little worldly and thus particularly luxurious.

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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.

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