Dream a little dream
Wonderful platinum brooch with natural pearl & diamonds, around 1910
The Edwardian era (1901-10), named after Edward VII., was the last era in British history that was named after its monarch. Edward was, in almost every way, the opposite of his mother, the late Queen Victoria: full of joie de vivre, with an inclination towards luxury and beautiful women, he was known as a Casanova even in his earlier role as Prince of Wales. He liked to consort with the nouveau riche High Society and enjoyed to spend his time at glamorous social events, where his sense of style made him an arbiter of men's fashion. Jewellery fashion, too, changed during Edward's reign. The heavy, golden pieces of Victorian days were put aside in favour of more delicate and ethereal pieces. Especially platinum jewellery was in high demand, owing to its bright colour that paired well with the pastel hues of modern dresses. Modern techniques allowed goldsmiths to work the coveted platinum, a metal much harder than gold, into the desired shapes. It was this hardness of the platinum that allowed jewellery makers to fashion pieces in exceedingly detailed work, reminiscent of lace. The brooch at hand is a perfect example of the fineness of craftsmanship which the use of platinum brought on. The entire surface consists of detailed openwork, structured in millegrain technique and set with overall 52 diamonds in the old European cut. A half-carat diamond takes centre stage. Below, a precious natural pearl is suspended to round off the airy composition. From this harmonious interplay of design, materials and craftsmanship, the brooch emerges as a perfect example of late Belle Époque jewellery. It is accompanied by the independent certificate of a renowned gemological institute.
The years around 1900 brought a formal language into the world of jewellery with the so-called "garland style", which countered Art Nouveau with a more classical, finer stylistic conception. Allusions to Louis XVI forms and fine motifs from classical antiquity enlivened a neoclassicism that valued small, delicate laurel tendrils just as much as meticulous festoons and ornaments with tiny mille griffons. Fine materials and invariably luxurious appointments were sought and supplied by goldsmiths in Paris, London and Vienna as well as by their counterparts in Berlin and overseas. One particular type of jewellery was particularly popular: so-called "white jewels" combined diamonds, coloured stones and platinum to create a crystalline, cool and particularly elegant impression; supernaturally seductive, a little worldly and thus particularly luxurious.
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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.