Special Jewel of the month
A BELLE EPOQUE RUBY AND DIAMOND PENDANT IN SILVER AND GOLD
OUR OCTOBER SPECIAL JEWEL OF THE MONTH IS THIS FINE BELLE EPOQUE RUBY AND DIAMOND PENDANT SET IN SILVER AND GOLD .
This finely made Belle Epoque pendant is set in gold and silver as was typical in the Belle Epoque period of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century before a torch hot enough to work platinum was invented. The pendant is finely made. The rubies are precisely cut and closely set in the curve of the circle. The severity of the rubies’ straight lines set in a flat, symmetrical circular shape creates an interesting tension with the less precise, higher and more romantic old cut diamonds casually and realistically “tied” in three dimensional triple ribbon loops with trailing tails - not an easy feat to accomplish in diamonds and a testament to the jeweller’s skill.
The ribbon bow like many other symbols in jewellery has a long history and fascinating associations. Bows and knots that bind have long been associated with love and marriage. In the late seventeenth century the jewellery ribbon bow knot was a symbol of love at the French court. How the bow was worn conveyed different meanings- from the flirtatious and teasing to messages of true love. The courtly fashion for wearing bows disappeared during the French Revolution but returned in the Belle Epoque period from 1890 to the beginning of World War 1 with the popularity among the wealthy upper classes of the Garland Style jewellery, so named because of the delicate swags, flowers and bows featured, which harked back to the earlier romantic French jewellery.
Rubies and their rich red colour traditionally symbolise love and passion. Diamonds also symbolise love, marriage and faithfulness. This deceptively simple pendant is a love token - an ardent expression of love.
“Tied” reminiscent of a present this very appealing and wearable pendant with a certain casualness would make a perfect gift for an expression of love, a special occasion or Christmas.
At a special price for October only.