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Elegant art nouveau brooch with old cut diamond, Stuttgart circa 1905

Hardly part of the repertoire of modern goldsmiths and jewellers today, the stick pin was one of the most popular pieces of jewellery of the Belle Époque and could be found in every lady's jewellery wardrobe. From specimens for the day, in gold and set with pearls or colourful gemstones, to quality diamond pins for the evening - the stick brooch took many forms. The present example shows itself to be a particularly beautiful variation on the theme, interpreting it as a rhythmic interplay of two lines dancing together. A historic old-cut diamond of about 0.20 ct is set in the center of the design and seems almost to float. The two lines - are they vines, are they leaves? - caress the diamond, nestle against it and then run with a slight curve to the right and left. Small set diamonds are set as points of light on the widened areas of the lines. In keeping with the fashion of its time, the brooch shines in pure white, achieved by the diamond setting and by an overlay of platinum on what is actually a gold jewel. According to its stamping, the brooch was made for the company Friedrich Pfaelzer & Söhne, Juwelenfabrik und Großhandlung in Stuttgart. The company is recorded in the Landesarchiv Stuttgart for the years 1866 to 1935. It is very well preserved.

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