The perfect wave

Unique vintage brooch made of gold and antique diamonds, 1950s

In earlier generations, anyone who wanted to own jewellery in the latest fashion rarely went to the jeweler to buy an already finished piece. Far more often the way led to the goldsmith, in order to have there after own ideas and in the exchange with the craftsman a new piece of jewelry made. Although since the 19th century there were already large jewelry department stores with an immense selection, which offered ready-made manufactured goods for sale, the older tradition of having jewellery made individually was still alive. A typical procedure can be observed again and again: Instead of creating the new pieces completely from scratch, often existing rings, brooches and necklaces were included and reused in parts. In this way, pieces were created that continued to write the history of their own family and could thus be both traditional and modern at the same time. The magnificent brooch presented here shows that this approach was not only common in the 19th century, but can still be found in the 20th century. For the brooch, in the form of a hand-forged wave of gold, holds thirteen antique diamonds in their antique settings of platinum. These diamonds, weighing a combined total of about 1.23 carats, were probably once part of a bracelet of the years around 1910, which has been repurposed here. Thus, the hand-forged brooch combines different generations in a new piece of jewelry. The unique piece of jewelry thus spans about 110 years and is thus a historical time testimony. It is in first-class condition and a typical piece of jewelry of the German economic miracle era. The brooch found its way to us here in Berlin.

The first years of the young Federal Republic experienced a previously unseen increase in wealth and quality of life with the economic miracle. After the sorrows of the war years, the displays of the stores shone in new luxury, and not least jewellery and watches served to visibly show the new joie de vivre to the outside world. The style of the jewellery of these years was often oriented towards the late Art Deco, as it had been developed since the 1920s and continued to determine the designs of the large goldsmith companies, especially in the USA and France: rich furnishings, clear geometries and an exuberant sparkle of high-quality gemstones determined the picture.

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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.