Belle Époque necklace with fancy yellow diamonds, circa 1910
Colored diamonds are not only appreciated in our time, but were already coveted gems centuries ago. They were collected in princely chambers of art and curiosities and processed into crown jewels. The so-called "Blue Wittelsbacher" was one of the greatest treasures of the Bavarian kings. The son of August the Strong of Saxony paid more money for the "Green Dresdener" at that time than the construction of Moritzburg Castle had cost his ancestor. The so-called Tiffany diamond by the New York jeweller of the same name is also famous: the stone has a weight of 287.42 ct and a canary-yellow colour. The present necklace was also designed around two bright yellow diamonds. A 0.80 ct cushion-shaped diamond in "fancy intense greenish yellow" forms the center of the chain from which the pendant is suspended. At the center of the permanently mounted pendant is a larger 1.60 ct diamond in "fancy greenish yellow", around which small colorless diamonds unfold like a flower. The slightly different colour intensities of the yellow diamonds have been taken into account by the claw settings, so that they are set as harmoniously as possible: The upper diamond is held in place by yellow gold claws, while the lower diamond is held in place by platinum claws. The design and workmanship are entirely in keeping with the aesthetic ideal of the early years of the 20th century, when jewellery became more filigree than ever before. The necklace is crafted in airy, delicate shapes and features fine millegrip details. The slender chain is led by knife wires on which small diamonds almost seem to float. Yellow diamonds from the Cape Mine in South Africa were a sought-after speciality of the years around 1910. Another beautiful necklace, very similar to this one, also with a yellow diamond in its centre, is illustrated in David Bennet and Daniela Mascetti: Understanding Jewellery, Woodbridge 2010, p. 273. The jewel is in excellent condition.
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