Who's got the coconut?

Funny brooch in silver & gold with 2,89 ct diamonds, England around 1910 and later

The monkeys are loose! Two of the rascals are just waiting to take a seat on their lapels and start their pranks. A little monkey has made himself comfortable on a pole. With its red eyes it looks out into the world, with its long arms it keeps its balance securely, and its fur of diamonds glitters merrily in the light. His playmate is more high-spirited: he swings wildly back and forth on a ring. His body is also set with diamonds, and his eyes of green glass paste add beautiful accents of color to the design. Two cultured pearls at the end points of the bar frame the scene with a fine luster. The brooch here, made of silver, gold and the numerous gemstones, was created in the years around 1910 as part of a large fashion wave that encompassed all of Europe, the so-called Novelty Jewellery. Brooches in the shape of animals were all the rage at the time: they could be used to strike up casual conversations, express one's own preferences and even discreetly flirt with the other person. However, the shape of our brooch, which presents two little monkeys, is not commonplace: The lower companion swings back and forth freely on a short chain, allowing your gaze to land on the brooch again and again. The piece of jewellery came to us with a set of glass stones, some of which were already missing. We removed the simili-stones and had the two monkeys set with a total of 95 genuine diamonds weighing a total of 2.89 ct. The gemstone setter used different sized gemstones and covered the monkeys' bodies with diamonds all over. Thus, the fur of the two comrades glitters and sparkles in a radiant light. First-classly equipped, the brooch is thus not only a particularly beautiful testimony to the jewellery culture of the years around 1910, but also today a coversation starter and statement piece in one.

Around 1900, a new, never-before-seen type of jewellery also delighted society in Europe and the USA: so-called Novelty Jewellery caused a sensation with new, previously unthinkable shapes and material combinations. Birds settled on swings and became earrings and many objects of daily life were suddenly made of gold and worn on the lapels of ladies and gentlemen. But also the technical world found its expression in this fashion. Machines, vehicles and even small light bulbs formed surprising focal points that provided a welcome occasion for numerous conversations.

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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.