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By: René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke
(4 December 1875 – 29 December 1926)
Even in these times, antique jewellery proves to be as contemporary as ever as carriers of powerful timeless messages. Take this 18K yellow gold Victorian dragonfly for example. In all freedom, it enjoys fluttering on the spring breeze and roaming over the pond's surface.
Whenever the time of day is cold, it will hold still between the bushes clipping its legs firmly around a branch while waiting until the sun is strong enough to warm the world again. But never will it allow itself to be caged in.
And so will we retain our spirit and guard our health without being caged, for the sun will break through.
The excitement that the business branch of antique and vintage jewellery brings about is after more than four decades still astounding to us. Even the thought "if only our collection could speak…" comes up once in a while, but we must remember that our jewellery pieces do communicate in their own way. Besides, it's one of the many fun bits of our job to unveil their past lives by chasing facts right there at the border of our imagination.
This mother-of-pearl-ish flourished gold and gilded silver with Japanese lacquer vanity or cigarette case uses hallmarks to inform us that it has been manufactured in France, made out of 18K gold and guilded silver, and that it has been imported in London in 1928.
However, it speaks volumes through its engraving on the inside: "To Violet from Major McArthur 3-12-1929". As everyone opening this box, we asked ourselves the question: "Who are Violet and Major McArthur?". And so our search began.
First and foremost, there's one famous Major MacArthur to be found: the 1st World War hero Douglas MacArthur. Is this the man who gifted this case to Violet? Moving on to Violet herself: she appears to be much more anonymous. However, there's one link between a certain Violet Sharp and the 'Major MacArthur'-result from our investigation: the famous Charles Lindbergh. We've listed the important data concerning this case below, so you can connect those dots yourself. To us, this case could be a memorabilium of an interbellum fling -or even a forbidden love. In any way, an impossible one according to these facts below.
It is also interesting to know that Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express" (filmed in 1974 and its remake in 2017) was based on the abduction of Charles Lindbergh Jr.
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From the diamond marquise closure, 9 old brilliant cut diamonds lead up to an aura of 25 diamonds drizzling around a natural greyish white pearl. Besides such a grand entourage, this pearl's even crowned with its own set of rose cut diamonds.
Since this pink and green glowing ocean gem could grow into this magnificent drop with the calm of the sea and without any meddling of humans, it's only justified that this rare treasure of nature is enshrined in such an elaborate way.
Anyone with this platinum Belle Epoque necklace pearling down their neck could feel like the goddess of the deep blue realm.