Ethereal lightness

Playful art nouveau brooch with old-cut diamonds in gold & platinum, around 1905

Just as the first blossoms of the year herald the return of life after the dark winter, Art Nouveau in the evening years of the 19th century wanted to venture a new beginning in the realm of art and life as a whole. In order to break away from the traditional forms that historicism had rehashed again and again, one looked to nature in search of a new, lighter language of form. The present brooch was created in the course of this development. In the centre, three large old-cut diamonds spring like blossoms from fine platinum-covered bars, while young twigs with small leaves unfold to the left and right. The frame surrounds the floral composition in a flowing line, creating a shape reminiscent of a pair of butterfly wings. In keeping with the fashion of its time, the brooch is made of rose gold to which a fine layer of platinum has been added. The front of the brooch shines in an ethereal white that shows off the diamonds to their best advantage. A total of 29 old-cut diamonds totaling approximately 0.86 ct have been processed here. The brooch is in excellent condition. It was made in the first years of the 20th century, probably in Germany.

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