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Delicate Belle Époque pendant with diamonds in platinum, France circa 1910

"One also wears very fine thin platinum necklaces with a large pendant. The characteristic shape of the pendants is consistently round and in part quite large and always openwork," wrote the Deutsche Goldschmiede-Zeitung in 1910 on the latest fashion from Monte Carlo (DGZ No. 17, 1910, p. 145). The present pendant was also once part of this fashion, which prevailed in jewellery in the period around 1910. Such round pendants were also called "plaques", and their openwork decorations were called "dessins dentelles", lace designs: for the pendants appeared so light and filigree that they were reminiscent of fine lace. This delicacy was only made possible by the use of platinum, which began its triumphant advance during the Belle Époque. Its special toughness made it possible to reduce the amount of metal required while at the same time maintaining stability - this enabled goldsmiths to create filigree designs that were not possible in pure gold or silver. But apart from its more technical properties, it was above all its white colour that made platinum desirable: Like no other metal known up to that time, it was suitable for staging white diamonds. A wreath of fourteen diamonds, framed by circumferential shadow gaps, encloses a lattice-shaped central field. Here, a large old-cut diamond seems to float like a glittering dewdrop on the fine platinum bars. A total of around 1.62 ct of diamonds have been worked into this piece, emphasising the special preciousness of the pendant, as platinum was still around twice as expensive as gold at the time. The piece of jewellery is in very good condition and came to us from Paris, where it was made. For comparison, we show similar designs from the German Goldsmiths' Newspaper of 1910.

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