Delicate antique necklace with diamonds & natural pearl, around 1910
Natural pearls have always belonged in the art and wonder chambers of the rulers of Europe, because they are small natural wonders, just like natural gemstones. The price of natural pearls in the years around 1900 was about the same as for diamonds of the same size. Pearls for a necklace were therefore usually purchased individually for cost reasons and collected until a strand was together. This necklace presents such a genuine natural pearl in a wreath of sparkling diamonds. Based on a stylized laurel vine, the design presents the pearl as the center of a sparkling flower. All the elements are set in platinum and joined together so that the necklace lies softly and comfortably on the décolleté. Made of the most precious materials, this necklace beautifully embodies the delicate elegance of the Belle Époque. High-quality workmanship and excellently preserved, it is a pleasure to look at - and to wear, of course, even more so!
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. It is no wonder that a new fashion 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 colourful 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 the period: To shine in beauty. But the fashion for white jewellery also remained current in the following decades, right up to the Art Déco 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.