A rare and extremely delicate Belle Epoque pearl and diamond brooch, it will be auctioned by Christie's Geneva on November 13th.
It was also a time when it was socially acceptable to acknowledge mistresses and courtesans publicly, the famous "Grandes Horizontales" or demi-monde women that ruled Paris during these decades and whose fame has reached until today for who has not heard of La Paiva, La Belle Otero or Liane de Pougy. These women collected the most fabulous jewels made in their time as they attached their security and status to them. A review of their collection will take almost a new blog. There is an important anecdote though, the jewellery that was considered "elegant" was set in platinum with pearls and diamonds only; the use of yellow gold or coloured gemstones was not considered tasteful.
This is a Belle Epoque brooch made by Cartier set with magnificent colombian emeralds. It would have been appropriate only as "daytime" jewellery and not to wear it to a formal occasion. It will be auctioned by Christie's Geneva on November 13th.