Gold and Diamond Rose Motif Set of Necklace, Brooch and Clip Earrings by M. Gérard
A stunning rose-motif parure by M. Gérard, formerly of Van Cleef & Arpels. The articulated necklace accompanied by a detachable flower brooch, pair of ear clips and ring, all made of 18k yellow gold and encrusted with pavé diamonds.
In Ancient Greek mythology diamonds are referred to frequently not as ornaments but as weapons of magical strength. For example Medusa is reported to have been decapitate with an ‘adamant sickle’. Similarly in Roman myths Cupid’s potent arrows were tipped with diamonds. The value the ancients gave diamonds lay in the myths and legends that spread over the minerals origins; they were believed to be shards of stars or gifts from the gods. As such they began to be worn by the ruling classes and soldiers as talismans of status and protection. Moreover, it was a cultural taboo to cut a diamond, so the stones that were used by the romans were raw and uncut. They would be hard to recognised and strikingly different to the modern cut and polished stones that are mounted on engagement rings across the globe today.
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