From the court jeweler of the royals

Elegant diamond stick pin by Asprey, London 1920s

From the court jeweller of the English royal family comes the present brooch. The fine piece of jewellery has survived in its original 1920s box, indicating that they are from the Asprey range. Asprey still has its shop in the prestigious Bond Street, which is still one of the most expensive shopping streets of the British metropolis. The elongated brooch follows the type of the so-called stick pin, which was once one of the most popular pieces of jewellery of the Belle Époque and Art Deco periods and could be found in the jewellery wardrobe of almost every lady. Our pin is set with seven old-cut diamonds and small diamond roses, indicating that this is a piece of jewellery for the evening. Large shadow gaps, seeded arabesques and sparkling mille handles take away any heaviness from the brooch and dissolve the shape into a shimmering play of white light reflections. The jewel is made of gold with a platinum face. 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 breast: "Large - long - brooches also 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.

The company was founded in 1781 in Mitcham, South London by William Asprey. In 1847, the Asprey family moved to what was then called New Bond Street, where the business is still located today. Asprey's range initially included jewellery as well as items for home decoration. Asprey won a gold medal at the Great Exhibition of London in 1862. That same year, Queen Victoria awarded the royal title of court. During the 19th century the business flourished and another court title was awarded by the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII, who was to remain an important customer of Asprey throughout his life. Customers included not only the British royal family and aristocracy but also foreign nobility and dignitaries. During the 20th century Asprey grew considerably, acquiring new manufacturing facilities and recruiting silversmiths, goldsmiths, jewellers and watchmakers. By the 1920s, orders were coming in from all over the world. From American millionaires like John Pierpont Morgan as well as rulers like the Maharaja of Patiala, who commissioned a huge teak travel trunk for his respective wives. Each trunk was lined with blue velvet and fitted with wash and bath utensils of dignified silver and an elaborate tiger's head as a gargoyle. Asprey cigarette cases were popular among younger customers, as were Art Deco accessories such as clocks, razor blades and automatic pencil sharpeners. In recent years Asprey was given the court title by Prince Charles as his supplier of accessories and jewels.

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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.

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