Precious bow

Victorian Gold, Silver, Diamonds & Pearls Bow Brooch, circa 1890

The years between 1890 and 1914 are known as the "Fin de Siècle" (French for "end of the century"). The jewellery of this time shows a wide range of styles. In addition to Art Nouveau, the so-called garland style, which took up forms from the 18th century, was particularly popular. Among its preferred motifs were elegant bow forms, which were designed in the most diverse variations from noble materials. This brooch is a particularly fine example of the delicate elegance of this style: Designed in the shape of a bow, the surface of this fine piece of jewelry is set with 21 sparkling diamonds. The diamonds in individual old cuts sparkle in a soft light. A special eye-catcher is also the use of three pearls in the middle of the bow and on the bar that is placed behind it. The circa 1890's bow is made of high karat gold and the diamonds are set in silver, typical of the period. The white metal, which has darkened over time, shows off the diamonds particularly well. The brooch has been preserved in an antique case, which found its way to us from London together with the piece of jewellery. As a literal "bond" motif, the bow is always a beautiful gift to a loved one!

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. Borrowings from 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 as well as fine openwork in gold and platinum. Fine materials and luxurious fittings were sought and supplied by goldsmiths in Paris, London and Vienna as well as by their counterparts in Berlin and overseas.

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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.