AN EXQUISITE DIAMOND GARLAND STYLE NECKLACE BY LACLOCHE PARIS. CIRCA 1910.
SOLD : ACQUIRED BY THE DIAMOND MUSEUM, ANTWERP
An exquisite platinum and diamond necklace by LACLOCHE, illustrating the perfection of the Garland Style.
Signed LACLOCHE, PARIS.
Paris, circa 1910.
In original leather fitted case by Lacloche.
The turn of the twentieth century brought with it many innovations and discoveries that changed the course of jewellery design and manufacture. Using platinum as a setting for precious stones made it possible to create intricate details. The strength of platinum allowed master jewellers to create delicate designs that had a lace-like appearance.
Platinum could safely hold stones in thinner more delicate mounts, which led to the Garland style or Style Guirlande. Popular and highly feminine motifs were garlands, ribbons, stars, hearts, bows and flowers. The Garland style was adopted by all the major jewellers of the day. The gemstones chosen predominantly in this era were diamonds and pearls, to complement the white silk and lace being worn by affluent and stylish ladies.
Bennett, D. & Mascetti, D., Understanding jewellery, Suffolk, Antique Collectors’Club, 1989, p. 258, plate 459
“The Splendour of Diamond. 400 Years of Diamond Jewellery in Europe”. Tokyo National Museum , 2003, p.150, pl. VI-16.