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Vintage bow brooch with diamond in yellow and white gold, Germany circa 1955

It is hard to imagine the history of jewellery without the bow brooch. In ever new variations, this motif borrowed from textile fashion adapted to the taste of the time and was always reinterpreted. We know opulent bow brooches set with diamonds or coloured stones from the Rococo period; lace-like openwork, ethereal designs in platinum from the turn of the century; straight-lined and austere designs from the Art Deco period. The present jewel is a wonderful example of such a postwar bow. Designed to be both chic and casual through its asymmetry, it plays with the color and texture of gold. It appears to be tied from a fine band of white gold as well as a wider one of yellow gold. A satin look created by hatching gives the yellow gold additional depth in places. A small, white brilliant-cut diamond shines in the centre as the knot of the ribbon. The asymmetrical shape of the bow is typical of the post-war period, because it was only then that the way of wearing brooches that we know best today became established: On the side under the shoulder, on a jacket or a dress. Before that, brooches were often symmetrical, as they were meant to be worn in the middle of a corsage or on the collar of a blouse. The brooch is very well preserved and a beautiful design from the time of the economic miracle. Similar brooches can be found in a catalogue of the jeweller Alfons Grupp from Pforzheim from the 1950s (see last picture).

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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.

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