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Elegant art nouveau brooch with old cut diamonds, Wilhelm Müller, Berlin circa 1905

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. The present example shows itself to be a particularly beautiful variation on the theme, interpreting it as a rhythmic play of lines that merely skilfully plays around the typical cross-elongated shape of such a brooch without describing it exactly. The so-called whip-cut ornament, so typical of German Art Nouveau, characterizes the design. Two old-cut diamonds of about 0.24 ct each are staggered amidst the dynamic lines and are held by delicate platinum ribs, so that they seem to float above the fine knife-edge bars. Further set diamonds are set as points of light on the widened areas of the lines, and so there is a total of about half a carat of diamonds on the brooch. In keeping with the fashion of its time, it 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 stamp, the brooch was made for the Wilhelm Müller company in Berlin. At that time, the headquarters of the family business was located in Gertraudenstraße in Berlin Mitte. Miraculously, it survived the destruction of the Second World War and still stands today on Berlin's Spittelmarkt as a reminder of the imperial era. At the turn of the 20th century, the Müller company was a leading jewellery retailer and known beyond the borders of the capital for its high-quality goods.

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