Black and white
Wonderful Art Deco necklace with diamond & onyx, around 1930
Germany experienced a stormy economic upswing in the mid-1920s. The great crises such as the lost world war, the loss of the overseas colonies and the inflation of the post-war period were now over. Massive investments from the USA stabilized the Weimar Republic for a short time and gave the country a boom that contributed significantly to the characterization of the decade as the "Golden Twenties". The displays of the shops shone again in new luxury, and not least jewellery and jewels served to show this wild joie de vivre visibly to the outside world. The style of the jewellery of these years developed away from the historicising forms that characterised the 19th century and often went its own, new ways that took up currents of contemporary art. Sometimes, however, historical forms were reinterpreted according to the taste of the time. The result was a brief but intense period that could hardly have been more imaginative and imaginative: first-class craftsmanship, exciting new forms and the exuberant sparkle of high-quality gemstones are the hallmarks of these pieces. Many of the conventions of the tradition-conscious and rigid 19th century were broken with at that time. From the 1920s onwards, for example, the colour black was suddenly no longer reserved for mourning jewellery, but was worn simply for the pleasure of its austere aesthetics. Monochromatic designs characterized the jewelry world of early Art Deco. Shiny black onyx was combined with white materials with preference: Platinum, white gold and diamonds. The result was a cool contrast that fitted perfectly into the formal world of strict geometry and abstraction. Following this principle, the present necklace with its fixed pendant has also been designed, presenting a polished onyx with a white diamond in a symmetrical frame of detailed platinum. The onyx is slightly domed and the old-cut diamond at its center weighs approximately 0.18 ct. Fine mille handles and shadow gaps with small piercings divide the setting, and an intricately designed eyelet holds the fine platinum chain that survives in the original. The base of the piece has been forged from yellow gold, typical of the period. This fine piece of jewelry from the Art Deco years found its way to us from southern Germany and is in very good condition.
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