The icing on the cake

Pretty stick pin with natural pearl & diamonds, around 1910

This brooch is a typical jewel of the first years of the 20th century. It is designed in the shape of a stick pin, the typical brooch shape of the time. Platinum, a pearl and rose-cut diamonds sparkle in competition, which is equally in keeping with the taste of those years: for after the colourful, opulent pieces of the late 19th century, formal restraint was now the fashion of the day. There was talk of "white jewels", whose name already reveals the program. This brooch is made of high-carat gold with a fine layer of platinum in the middle of the front. The diamonds are set in this layer: 16 rose-cut diamonds frame the cream-colored natural pearl in the center of the design and lead to the bar of the brooch with small leaves. Bar pins like this one were worn by the fashion-conscious lady on the collar of her high-necked blouse. Today, with collars less strictly enclosing the neck, the brooch can also be worn to great effect on the lapel, on the sweater or anywhere a little sparkling elegance can add the icing on the cake.

Natural pearls have always belonged in the art and wonder chambers of the rulers of Europe. The value of natural pearls compared to cultured pearls is obvious, since they are small natural wonders, just like natural gemstones. The price of natural pearls in the years around 1900 was about the same as that of diamonds of the same size, and pearls for a necklace were usually purchased individually for reasons of cost and collected until a strand was assembled. The magic that emanates from natural pearls can hardly be put into words, as each natural pearl is different from the next and has its own luster, structure and shine. They are always wonderful unique specimens of nature - which are hard to find today.

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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.