Monday, 13 December 2010

A CARTIER Belle Epoque diamond and velvet necklace

Photo by Sothebys

This is a diamond and platinum choker necklace set in black velvet. It is one of the symbols of Belle Epoque jewellery from the 1900's. During that time, the finest jewellery was mostly white, using diamonds and pearls only. Coloured stones or yellow gold was not considered elegant by society. The most popular style was the "Garland Style" characterised by its delicate designs featuring laurel leaves, ribbon bows or lace patterns following the Versailles code as the only acceptable patterns. And one of its masters was of course Cartier.

The must have piece during the Belle Epoque period was the choker necklace. This was made fashionable by Queen Alexandra who always wore one; it is said that did so in order to cover a small scar in her neck.

This necklace will be auctioned by Sotheby's London on Dec 14th