Recently named fashion's favorite color for spring, rose quartz is showing up in all the best places. Here that ravishing shade of pink is seen in two giant oval cabochons of faux-moonstone, adorning the sort of jewel worn by those Viennese beauties Klimt painted in the last days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
The full opulence of that golden era is captured in this Czech buckle, because it dates from the earliest years of Czechoslovian independence. Marked Czechoslov, it can’t be older than 1918, but I doubt it’s much younger. The style is totally Belle Epoque: ornately detailed with Art Nouveau scrollwork, rope twists and millegrain accents, then gilded very richly. This looks like 22 karat at least. On the reverses, untouched by time's patina, the gilding is almost blinding. If you like, a good jeweler could restore much of that original brilliance to the front surfaces and brighten the tiny areas on the collets where gold has worn away -- not that any work really needs to be done. As it is, this magnificent piece is sure to charm everyone.
Fastened, the buckle measures 3 inches by 1 1/4, and its brackets will hold a belt or sash up to 3/4 of an inch wide, or wider if gathered.
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