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This platinum Art Deco brooch from 1930 resembles one of Cupid's arrows that is bending over backwards into an enclosed circle to find its goal. Imagine how the 182 ajour-set diamonds in various cuts will spark from the feather fletching over the bottom emerald cut diamond and back again when hitting your heart. The lustre of the marquise cut diamonds with the pear shaped one on top is only the beginning before they reach their goddess of love.
Antique jewelry object group: brooch
Condition: excellent condition
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Country of origin: Although it does not carry any legible control marks we believe this to be of Belgian origin.
Style: Art Deco or more info on styles
Style specifics: Abstract motives and geometrical forms are quite typical for the Art Deco period. See also the explanation a bit further in the text.
Period: ca. 1930
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Source of inspiration: Perhaps an arrow that is bend?
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Extra information: Art Deco - The Art Deco style is a very famous and popular art movement that had a lot influence in the world of jewelry. Art Deco was introduced in the 1920s as protest against the Art Nouveau style. Art Deco ended in the 1930s. The style emphasized a very abstract design with geometric patterns and as most favorite colors: black (onyx), blue (sapphire) , green (emerald) , white (diamond) and red (coral). The baguette and emerald-cuts, which had been developed in the nineteenth century, where very popular in the 1920s because they blended so much with the geometrical lines of the Art Deco style.
Most of the Art Deco jewelry has a very luxury design. This is because of the large amount of money that was made in the war of 1914. All this money gave the opportunity to buy the best fashionable materials like: diamonds, platinum, red gold and yellow gold for the design of the jewels. Of course there are a lot of beautiful but less priced jewels in the Art Deco movement. Years later in the 1960s and 1970s Art Deco came back as a very popular decorative art. Even nowadays you can see that Art Deco style has great influence on our designing in all kind of branches.
History of Art Deco
After the Universal Exposition of 1900, various French artists formed a formal collective known as, La Société des artistes décorateurs (the society of the decorator artists). Founders included Hector Guimard, Eugène Grasset, Raoul Lachenal, Paul Follot, Maurice Dufrene, and Emile Decour. These artists heavily influenced the principles of Art Deco as a whole. This society's purpose wasto demonstrate French decorative art's leading position and evolution internationally. They organized the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes (International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Art), which would feature French art and business interests. Russian artist Vadim Meller was awarded a gold medal for his scenic design there.
The initial movement was called Style Moderne. The term Art Deco was derived from the Exposition of 1925, though it was not until the late 1960s that this term was coined by art historian Bevis Hillier, and popularized by his 1968 book Art Deco of the 20s and 30s. In the summer of 1969, Hillier conceived organizing an exhibition called Art Deco at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, which took place from July to September 1971. After this event, interest in Art Deco peaked with the publication of Hillier's 1971 book The World of Art Deco, a record of the exhibition.
Diamonds: Seven old mine brilliant cut diamonds with a total estimated weight of approx. 0.28 crt. Also seven other various diamond cuts like one emerald cut diamond, five marquise (or navette) cut diamonds and one pear-shape cut diamond with a total estimated weight of approximately 2.20 crt. Besides those 14 big stones, we counted no less than 168 single brilliant cut diamonds (also called 8/8) with a total estimated weight of approx. 5.00 crt.
Note: All diamond weights, color grades and clarity are approximate since the stones were not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.
Total diamond weight: approx. 7.50 crt.
Birthstones: Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April.
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Hallmarks: No trace.
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Dimensions: 3.72 cm (1.46 inch) x 4.31 cm (1.70 inch)
Weight: 13.70 gram (8.81 dwt)
Reference Nº: 11132-0013
Copyright photography: Adin, fine antique jewelry
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