Timeless 4.00 ct diamond stud earrings in platinum, 1930s
The history of jewellery is not only a history of taste, but also of discoveries and inventions. We owe the magnificent white jewels of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, richly set with diamonds, for example, on the one hand to the discovery of large South American diamond deposits in the second half of the 19th century, and on the other hand to the introduction of electric light, in which diamonds could also sparkle in the evening. Two particularly beautiful diamonds of exactly 2.00 ct each have been set here as ear jewellery. They have been excellently selected so that both diamonds have the same carat weight, the same colour of pure, fine white (Top Wesselton, G) and almost the same clarity of si2 and p1+ respectively. Their cuts are so-called transitional cuts, which stand at the threshold from the old cut (Old European Cut) to the modern brilliant cut (see "Learn more"). The stones therefore have an individuality that allows us to date these timeless ear studs back to the pre-war period, to the Art Deco era, when precious diamond jewellery was particularly popular. In their simple settings, the diamonds virtually sparkle when they are set in motion and the light dances on their large facets. With high brilliance and expressive fire, they need no further adornment. The fine claws of bright platinum are completely restrained; just enough and strong enough claws have been used to hold the precious stones securely. Thus the plugs on the ear seem to be made entirely of light. Instead of a push-in clasp, they are held in place by screw clasps, which allow them to be worn without worry. The timeless ear jewellery lives entirely from the quality of its precious materials and the restrained, yet accurate workmanship. As with the best jewels, its full beauty is revealed when it is worn, when it is set in motion and the light gives it additional life. We have had an independent appraisal done which confirms the goodness of the materials used and comes with the earwires. The noble pair came to us from Switzerland.
The shape of the diamond has evolved over many centuries. For a long time it was technically impossible to change the raw crystal more than rudimentary, because the diamond is so extraordinarily hard. In the 17th and 18th centuries it was then possible to extract more and more facets from the crystal, and in the course of the 19th century the cuts came closer and closer to the shape that we know today as a brilliant. It was not until 1919, however, that Marcel Tolkowsky calculated the ideal shape of the brilliant on an optical-physical basis; the exact shape, which is the standard in Germany today, the so-called fine cut of the practice, was not even determined until 1938. The shape of the modern brilliant-cut diamond really became established after the war. The brilliant is therefore actually a fairly recent invention - and this also means that with a diamond cut in the 19th century or at the beginning of the 20th century, a so-called "old cut", the proportions of the stone do not follow the standard of today's brilliant. Old cuts were always cut individually in those days: One wanted to find the optimal way between the best brilliance on the one hand and the least loss of material during cutting on the other. We find that it is precisely this individuality that makes old diamonds so particularly interesting. They are less easy to compare, and their value cannot simply be determined by means of a table: Because you have to look at each stone individually to really be able to say whether it has the fire and brilliance that you expect from a diamond.
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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.