Belle Époque Platinum and Diamond Floral Motif Brooch Pendant
A Belle Epoque platinum and diamond brooch, designed as a circular plaque of platinum tracery, the old brilliant-cut diamond at its centre weighing approximately 2cts and set against a backdrop of accents and stripes of old brilliant-cut and rose-cut diamonds, the plaque framed by a garland, similarly set with diamonds, accompanied by a diamond-set, platinum chain. Can also be worn as a pendant with a sautoir. The brooch measuring approximately 6cm in diameter and the chain 40cm in length. Circa 1910.
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.
Yet new technology allowed for An emphasis on elegance led to ingenious designs utilising the strength of platinum for spider-web patterns that mimicked the delicacy of lace. The invention of the oxyacetylene torch in 1903 allowed metal workers to reach the high temperatures necessary for working platinum.
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