A Belle Epoque Platinum & Diamond Pin
A beautiful Belle Époque platinum and diamond openwork pin. The simple pin fitting makes it versatile enough to be worn in the hair, attached as the centrepiece of a choker, or simply pinned to the body worn as a brooch.
The Belle Époque period is characterised by a white aesthetic: diamonds were predominantly set in white metal (silver, white gold or increasingly platinum) to sparkle in the illumination of electric light throughout a lavish dinner or Ball.
The ornate decorative motifs of Louis XIV’s reign were embraced by Belle Époque designers. Swag or garland necklaces strung with pear-shaped pearls and diamond bows were typical. Dog collar necklaces of black velvet were also popular fixed with large diamond clasps. Like 17th century France, the early 20th century was an era of opulence with new found industrial wealth from America marrying British aristocracy. The nostalgic aesthetic was embraced as a way to set new money in the security of the past.
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