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What is She Wearing? The Woman in Gold -

In Gustav Klimt's iconic painting "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I," commonly known as "The Woman in Gold," Adele Bloch-Bauer is depicted wearing a stunning diamond choker. Along with all the gold and silver leaf, symbols, and shapes in the portrait, the diamond choker is one of the most prominent and eye-catching pieces of jewelry in the painting. Diamonds were highly coveted gemstones during the early 20th century symbolizing wealth, and luxury, reflecting what was typical of jewelry from the Art Nouveau period. By including a diamond choker in his portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, Klimt not only captures the essence of the sitter's affluent lifestyle but also elevates her image to that of a sophisticated and fashionable woman of her time.

Gustav Klimt sketched 100 different poses of Adele Bloch-Bauer before the final rendering of this fantastic portrait. It was finished in 1907, and captures the spirit of the age in Austrian Modern Art.


The diamond is the birthstone of April and it comes from the Greek word "adamas," which means invincible or unbreakable. Diamonds symbolize love, good fortune, good health, and courage.

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