Game of Shapes
Delicate Art Deco earrings with diamonds in gold & platinum, circa 1930
The designers of Art Deco wanted to be modern, present and free of the ballast of history. In a time that dreamed of the automobile, skyscrapers and zeppelins, jewellery also had to free itself from the ballast of history. One solution was to rely on the power and beauty of geometry. This pair of earrings is a child of that time. The slender pendants each present five diamonds of around 0.30 ct together, in the old brilliant cut or the simpler Swiss cut and single cut. Their round outline is given different shapes by the varied settings: at the very top, on the ear stud, the round diamond becomes a square, below it retains its circular shape, and at the very end, an octagon encloses the diamond. The backs of the earrings are made of yellow gold, while the fronts are platinum. This was a common practice, as platinum was difficult to work with at the time the earrings were made. The resulting bright play of colors is fitting for the fashion of the time, which demanded a cool and elegant aesthetic. At the same time, the bright shine of the platinum and the diamonds unites all the elements of the design into a coherent whole. The pair has a very nice movement on the ear and is comfortable to wear.
In the Golden Twenties, jewellery of cool elegance and the greatest luxury emerged in Europe and the world. Intoxicated by the speed of the new automobiles, delighted by the sparkle of champagne and still giddy from the view of the new skyscrapers, a very unique design language emerged in bright colors, shiny metal and richly set with sparkling gemstones. It was the time of the great jewellery companies in Paris and New York, which catered to an international clientele of aristocracy, film and business. But independent masters were also designing pieces of previously unseen delicacy and perfection. In contrast to the historicizing forms of the 19th century, but also in distinction from the colorful Art Nouveau, which was close to natural forms, they created jewelry that was intentionally modern, dynamic and non-representational.
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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.