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Delicate necklace with natural pearl & diamonds in gold & silver, around 1910

The palmette motif is one of the oldest motifs in art history. In ancient times it was common as an ornamental motif among the Babylonians, Etruscans, Egyptians and Greeks. Even in the Middle Ages we find it in Romanesque architecture, and the Renaissance did not forget it. Finally, its ancient Greek connotation led to the palmette also being widely used as an ornament in 19th century classicism. The abstracted fan of a palm tree is also found here as the main motif of the present necklace of the years around 1910. The palmette is movably suspended under a fine bar, which is suspended under a crescent-shaped element. Diamonds in old cuts occupy the entire surface of the design, while a pearl centrally adorns the palmette. The period-typical technique in silver on gold allows the jewel to glow with cool, white coloration. A very fine, original silver chain is firmly mounted to the elongated pendant. Here the palmette will be seen as a subtle reference to the art of the ancient Egyptians: During the Belle Époque, an Egyptian fashion took hold of the Western world for the umpteenth time. Especially around the turn of the century, numerous designs were created that incorporated ancient Egyptian motifs such as scarabs, snakes and palmettes and interpreted them in the style of their time. Renowned artists such as Carl Fabergé also designed jewels in this style. But the "Egyptian Revival" never went completely out of fashion: in the 1920s the rediscovery of Tutankhamun's tomb reignited the trend, and in the 1960s it was Liz Taylor in her role as Cleopatra.

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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.

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