Platinum, Diamond and Conch Pearl Necklace by Morelle Davidson
A central round brilliant-cut diamond sits in the heart of a natural conch pearl surround designed as a flower suspended from a diamond pavé-set necklace stylised as a branch or vine also set with smaller conch pearls like buds yet to blossom. Mounted in platinum. 121.76 cts of conch pearls, 16.12 cts of diamonds.
The Contemporary Period is a broad term with an elusive definition. It refers to jewellery made during a 45 year period from the 1980s to the present day. It refers to big stylistic and ideological shifts stimulating the jewellers during this time: from Studio and Auteur jewellery to Costume, Fashion and Fine jewellery. Contemporary jewellery is best summarised not by precise physical attributes but as a modern attitude to the practice of making and designing jewellery.
The advancement of technology is a major factor in the look of Contemporary jewellery. Generally Contemporary jewellery has a clean, crisp finish thanks to the capabilities of modern tools. Settings have become almost invisible in some pieces, so that gems seem to float upon the skin. The cutting of gemstones is particularly noticeable in a piece of Contemporary jewellery. The cut of a diamond is a key feature that can help date a piece of jewellery.
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