On land and water

Golden pendant with aquamarine, diamonds & pearl, Great Britain circa 1850 & later

Around the middle of the 19th century, goldsmiths were fond of transferring naturalistic motifs from the plant world into jewellery. Surprisingly, one of the most sought-after motifs was the branch! In fact, this initially inconspicuous motif is ideally suited for jewellery design. The natural pattern requires a finely grained structuring of the gold, which was fashionable in the middle of the century anyway and allowed the goldsmith to use all his skill. The present jewel forms a frame of finely grained knots, forged from 18-carat yellow gold. Diamond roses and old mine cut diamonds glisten like dewdrops on these branches. This frame was created in the years around 1850, but it found its way to us without its original center stone. So we considered a new setting for the antique piece. An aquamarine of more than 10 carats was chosen as the center of the piece and a drop pearl is pendulously attached to the composition. Thus, in the spirit of the 19th century's enthusiasm for nature, a piece of jewellery was created that, with its branch design, has a reference to the land and, with its gemstone setting, a reference to the sea: For the aquamarine is named after sea water, from the Latin aqua marina. After careful reworking by our goldsmith, we have had an independent certificate drawn up attesting to the quality of the materials used. It comes with the magnificent pendant.

The aquamarine is a gemstone that immediately captivates almost all gemstone lovers. Mineralogically, aquamarine is a variety of the mineral beryl, the group of minerals that also includes emerald and heliodor. The most important deposits of this gemstone are found in Madagascar and Brazil, where the most beautiful, so-called Santa Maria aquamarines are mined in the city of Ceará. As the protective stone of seafarers, the gemstone of lovers or as a stone that promises wisdom - for thousands of years the aquamarine has been one of the most valued gemstones in the world. Even in ancient times, people revered it for its brilliance and its color, which is reminiscent of the sea and cloudless skies. According to tradition, it was also believed that the gemstone could appease the god of the sea, Poseidon: sailors therefore threw aquamarines overboard during wild storms to soothe the fury of the sea god. In the Middle Ages, aquamarines were placed in the reliquaries of saints, often as peepholes so that one could look inside the goldsmith's work, for aquamarines are usually particularly pure and without inclusions. The brightest, whitest beryls were even used to make spectacle lenses - which is where our word for them comes from!

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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.