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Enchanting Novelty Brooch with Diamonds & Enamel, 1950s

So-called novelty jewellery first enjoyed great popularity at the end of the 19th century. Unusual figurative brooches, earrings or pendants provided original focal points and stimulated conversation: One saw sparkling butterflies in updos, golden fox pins for hunting, or even brooches in the shape of diamond-studded bicycles. In the 1950s, this fashion revived once again. Sparkling conversation pieces were now once again allowed to adorn the coats and dresses of the ladies and enriched the world of novelty jewellery with previously unseen motifs. The brooch presented here in the form of an umbrella is a particularly beautiful, detailed piece. An elegant hand is placed on the handle of the diamond-studded umbrella, even wearing a diamond ring and peeking out from an enameled cuff. It is a nod to Victorian jewellery, where hands became a popular brooch motif. Green branches, set with diamonds like dewdrops, twine around the shaft of the umbrella and refer to the beautiful upside of rain: the growth of flora. This unusual and detailed piece of jewelry found its way to us from a German collection. A wonderful conversation piece not only on rainy days!

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

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.