lizard in precious dress

Funny brooch with diamonds & emeralds in the shape of a salamander, around 1980

The late 19th century loved the interpenetration of art and nature. Almost all the great natural history collections of rare animals, insects or curiosities of the terrestrial world date from this era of surveying the world - and brooches in the form of insects, reptiles and floral motifs in particular were all the rage in the metropolises of those years. The present brooch in the shape of a salamander, which was probably created in the 1980s and refers to the lizard brooches of the turn of the century, is a successful symbiosis of the goldsmith's art, the interest in precious gemstones and an enthusiasm for nature: Like the gem-studded pet of the protagonist in Joris-Karl Huysmans' novel "Against the Grain", the great literary work of the Fin de Siècle, this little reptile also comes across as sparkling. Crafted entirely of high-carat white gold, the delicate little animal displays a precious set of fine brilliant-cut diamonds in place of its scales. Small eyes of green emeralds let it look happily into the world. The brooch is beautifully preserved and a precious companion from a master's hand, inspired by the small wonders of nature. It came to us from the Principality of Liechtenstein.

The years around 1890 brought a new fashion to the field of jewellery: always on the lookout for new forms and themes, goldsmiths and jewellers, especially in France and England, discovered the great world of insects for themselves. Insect pendants and brooches were le dernier cri, all the rage in the metropolises of Europe, and countless butterflies, bees and dragonflies made their way onto ladies' collars and décolletés. Richly set with precious stones and rarely monochrome, usually in a colorful profusion of diamonds, rubies, turquoises, emeralds and sapphires, these brooches remained popular until our time.

We want you to be 100% satisfied! For that reason, we examine, describe and photograph all of our jewellery with the utmost care.

You can rely on our years of experience in the trade and our expertise as a professional art historians for reviews of the antique jewellery. As a member of various trader organisations and the British Society of Jewellery Historians, we remain committed to the highest possible degree of accuracy. In our descriptions, we always also indicate any signs of age and defects and never hide them in our photos – this saves you from any unpleasant surprises when your package arrives.

Should you for some reason not be satisfied, please don’t hesitate to contact us so that we can begin to find a solution together. In any case, you can return any article within 30 days and we will refund the full purchase price.


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.