Pearls of the Art Deco

Delicate natural pearl necklace with gold and platinum clasp, around 1920

Pearl necklaces are one of the great constants of jewellery fashion. Precisely for this reason, the changes in taste of their respective time of origin can be subtly read off from them: Because while they always remain the same in terms of their materiality, their changes are expressed in the details. First of all, of course, it is the clasp that gives us an idea of the period in which they were made. The combination of gold with platinum plating clearly reflects the taste of the 1920s. The detailed design of the clasp with pearls and diamonds, which was particularly well suited to the short bobbed hairstyles of the time, also fits in with that fashion. Last but not least, it is the choice of the pearls themselves, which were gathered into a filigree strand, that embodies the style of the Golden Twenties, when delicate jewellery was particularly popular. The natural oriental pearls are sorted in a subtle gradient, each flowing into a river of tiny seed pearls at the nape of the neck. Slightly elongated and sometimes even somewhat baroque pearls are found here and show themselves in white to slightly cream-colored base color, always with a rosé luster. The necklace is worn close to the neck, which also reduces the risk of accidentally getting caught - even during the most exuberant Charleston dance.

Natural pearls have always belonged in the art and wonder chambers of the rulers of Europe. The value of natural pearls compared to cultured pearls is obvious, since they are small natural wonders, just like natural gemstones. The price of natural pearls in the years around 1900 was about the same as that of diamonds of the same size, and pearls for a necklace were usually purchased individually for reasons of cost and collected until a strand was assembled. Already with the Greeks and Romans pearls were very much desired as pieces of jewellery. The Greek term "margarita" was also used to refer to the beloved, as it were, a term that has survived to this day in the name Margarete. In the Middle Ages, pearls were considered a sign of love for God, and thus numerous fine monastic works have survived, made of tiny river pearls.

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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.