White Nights in St. Petersburg

Exquisite platinum brooch with natural pearls & diamonds, around 1910

The St. Petersburg White Nights are legendary - but in the last years of the Russian tsarist era, the palaces, the salons and ballrooms also shone in white splendour at night. Precious jewels for the evening were dedicated in the early 20th century with preference to the non-color white and shimmered in the chandelier of fine pearls and diamonds, bedded in white platinum. The brooch presented here is a piece of jewellery from these years and, according to the stamping on the pin, was imported to St. Petersburg between 1908 and 1927. Stylistically, it could have been made there as well, since the clear, calm form and the neoclassical leaf garlands also distinguished the designs of the House of Fabergé. In all European metropolises, people loved to play with forms from the pre-revolutionary age of Louis XVI, because they were associated with old nobility and continuity. The brooch features three natural pearls, two of which have an almost golden lustre, and a central pearl with an iridescent rosé hue. The slender lines and delicate leaf shapes are completely set with small diamonds, so that the brooch ignites a small play of light with every movement. With the exception of the pin, which is made of high-carat gold, it is crafted entirely of platinum, which was a distinction for particularly luxurious pieces due to the very high material price for the white precious metal at the time. The special fineness of the workmanship also corresponds to this high standard. The brooch is in very good condition. The high gold content of the pin suggests that it was once made in France or England. A characteristic piece of jewellery of the Belle Époque, as collectible as it is wearable!

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