Dewdrops Of Modernity

Delicate Pendant With Diamonds In White Gold & Platinum, Art Deco Circa 1930

The 1920s in Germany were an eventful era full of contradictions. After the catastrophe of the First World War and the chaos of inflation, the years after 1925 brought a period of economic upswing in which optimistic faith in progress and joie de vivre broke through. The jewellery of those years left the historical models behind and still inspires today with its amazing modernity, unsurpassed elegance and perfection of workmanship rarely achieved again. This pendant is a perfect example of the design qualities of this period. Created in the years around 1930, the piece of jewelry presents a filigree openwork pendant with diamonds on a delicate platinum anchor chain. The body of the pendant made of white gold is presented with a front made of platinum. At its center shines a beautiful old-cut diamond weighing about 0.10 ct, accompanied by a small diamond rose. The gemstones sparkle with the finely engraved platinum of the surface with every incidence of light. Arabesque saw work and fine millegrains resolve the shapes into a play of cool whites with wonderful light and shadow effects. The design of the jewelry exemplifies the language of German Art Deco.

With the invention of gaslight and then electric light at the end of the 19th century, glistening brightness suddenly filled the ballrooms of Europe. No more dark, yellow candlelight, but the white glow of hundreds of lamps made the ladies' jewellery shine and glitter as never before. Not surprisingly, a new fashion also emerged as a result of these developments: white jewels made of diamonds and silver responded to the new lighting conditions and replaced the previous more colorful designs. In general, jewellery was increasingly richly set with sparkling gems to create an ever more luxurious and rich appearance. At the great balls in Paris, London and St. Petersburg, ever more magnificent diamond necklaces were presented, as well as tiaras, brooches and rings, all dreams in white diamonds. The name of the era, the Belle Époque, still indicates the goal of this period: To shine in beauty. But even in the following decades, the fashion for white jewellery remained current, right up to the Art Deco of the 1920s. Only the materials of the settings changed. The rapidly tarnishing silver was first replaced by platinum settings and later by jewellery made entirely of platinum or white gold, which was developed shortly after the World War.

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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.