Light and shadow play

Antique Belle Époque stick pin with diamonds, around 1910

Hardly part of the repertoire of modern goldsmiths and jewellers today, the stick pin was once one of the most popular pieces of jewellery of the Belle Époque and could be found in every lady's jewellery wardrobe. From daytime specimens in gold and set with pearls or colourful gemstones to quality diamond pins for the evening, the stick brooch took many forms. This specimen features high quality appointments and shows up in a beautiful length of seven centimeters. A total of 59 old and rose cut diamonds occupy the surface of the brooch. Seven large old-cut diamonds are arranged in the size gradient, the center stone is surrounded by a shadow gap, which not only makes it appear larger, but also brighter in the light-dark contrast. Further sawn C-curves break through the platinum-covered surface like waves running in opposite directions, enriching the play of light from the diamonds with effectively contrasting shadows. Originally, brooches of this type were worn across the top button of a high-necked blouse or used to fasten a bow or shawl over the chest: "Large - long - brooches likewise in lace design inside the more solid frame and set entirely in white enhance the effect of the lace veils and lace muslin bows worn so much" (Deutsche Goldschmiede-Zeitung, No. 31, 1910, p. 279). The change of fashions has not diminished the versatility of the stick pin, as it can also be worn on the lapel of a blazer or coat.

We want you to be 100% satisfied! For that reason, we examine, describe and photograph all of our jewellery with the utmost care.

You can rely on our years of experience in the trade and our expertise as a professional art historians for reviews of the antique jewellery. As a member of various trader organisations and the British Society of Jewellery Historians, we remain committed to the highest possible degree of accuracy. In our descriptions, we always also indicate any signs of age and defects and never hide them in our photos – this saves you from any unpleasant surprises when your package arrives.

Should you for some reason not be satisfied, please don’t hesitate to contact us so that we can begin to find a solution together. In any case, you can return any article within 30 days and we will refund the full purchase price.


We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.