Brassler Amethyst Stickpin
Amethyst and Diamond
| A rich purple amethyst rests in a finely
sculpted laurel wreath framed with rising volutes. Beneath the
laurel wreath is set a small sparkling diamond. This
elegant stickpin is an example of the inspired jewels created by
Hans Brassler in the years around 1910. Crafted in 14kt
Hans Brassler was an imaginative jewelry designer who created wonderful stickpins and other jewels that are best described as miniature works of art. He found inspiration in nature, fantasy and ancient cultures while creating wonderfully imaginative jewels in the Neoclassic, Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles.
This stickpin is beautifully crafted with a strong gold pin stem and sturdy frame to cradle the amethyst. The maker's mark of The Brassler Company, a double oval surrounding "14B" is stamped on the lower reverse beneath the pin stem (see photo below).
Hans Brassler was known for the originality and artistry of his jewelry designs. Born in Germany, he studied jewelry design at the Academie Julian in Paris and is reported to have earned a gold medal at the 1900 Exposition Universelle. He emigrated to the United States in 1902 and worked with Tiffany & Company for a period before founding his own firm, The Brassler Company, in 1909. Brassler served as artistic director for about six years during which time he created an extraordinary collection of strikingly original jewels. His daughter is the noted 20th century sculptor Margaret Brassler Kane.
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