Circle of Love

Wonderful brooch with natural pearls & diamonds, around 1910

The combination of pearls and diamonds is not only found so often in antique jewellery because it is particularly beautiful and the materials enhance each other's effect. Rather, the meaning of pearls and diamonds also complements each other particularly well if one takes a look at the "language of gemstones". This additional level of meaning of the materials, called "gemlore" in the English-speaking world, developed in the 19th century and describes the pearl as the gemstone of Venus, the goddess of love, while the diamond, as the hardest mineral on earth, has the meaning of eternity and indestructibility. In our round brooch, 16 fine natural pearls have joined with the same number of rose-cut diamonds to form a circle. The diamonds are set in platinum and divide the brooch into four equal segments. The result is a harmony of the different white tones of the jewel, platinum, pearls and the shimmer of the diamonds, humming the melody of eternal love - for just as the shape of the jewel has no beginning and no end, so the combination of pearls and diamonds stands for never-ending affection. Our little brooch, which came to us from London, sets its noble trim of precious gems in yellow gold with a blanket of platinum. It is wonderfully preserved and an enchanting eye-catcher - moreover, an ideal gift to someone you want to love forever.

In the late 19th century, a new, never-before-seen type of jewellery emerged: so-called "Novelty Jewellery" caused a sensation with new, surprising and previously unthinkable shapes and material combinations: for example, birds suddenly settled on swings and became earrings. Many everyday objects found their way onto the lapels of ladies and gentlemen, such as tennis rackets, golf clubs and stamps, but the technical world also found expression in this fashion. Machines, automobiles in miniature and the new telephone were surprising focal points. The purpose of these pieces was to provide points of contact for conversation in society. At birthday parties, a brooch with the year of birth of the person being celebrated could be a sympathetic gesture; on joint hunting trips, a fox brooch could complement the wardrobe in accordance with the setting. Even skulls glowing from the eyes by batteries were offered to set a macabre, yet cheerful accent at a dinner party. Yet the jewelry was not exclusively costume jewelry. Many pieces were, of course, designed for one-time use and made of inexpensive materials. The ever more advanced industrialization also in the jewelry sector allowed at one time the mass production of gold-plated and also only gold-colored brooches and pendants. But also renowned goldsmiths created small novelty pieces from precious metals, set with precious stones: For the fashion for the curious, surprising and cheerful was alive and well in all strata of society: indeed, the royal family in Great Britain even took a pioneering role here - and with their use of jewels set the standard by which their subjects then wished to be measured. For more on this fascinating topic, see Charlotte Gere / Judy Rudoe: Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria, London 2010, pp. 190-247.

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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.