Sapphire and Diamond Stickpin
Sapphire and Diamonds
| A sleepy blue sapphire glows amid the sparkle
of sixteen small diamonds set in platinum. This elegant
Edwardian nocturne in blue and white was created by Hans
Brassler with platinum and 14kt gold circa 1910.
Brassler was an artist and master jeweler who created imaginative miniature works of art using precious metals and gemstones. In this stickpin he perfectly balanced the broad blue flashes of the sapphire with the scintillating glitter of the surrounding diamonds to create a mesmerizing dance of light and sparkle.
The reverse and side views of the stickpin illustrate the care with which Brassler worked. Note the small windows (a joure) opened beneath each of the diamonds and the depth and evenness of the openwork along the side gallery. Both signs of a master craftsman who worked without taking shortcuts or compromising on small, hidden details. Cost: Although this elegant stickpin has sold, you will find many more fine stickpins in the Antique Stickpin Gallery.
Measurements: This 14kt gold and platinum stickpin is 2 9/16" long and the top measures 5/8" tall by 3/8" wide. It weighs 2.2 grams.
Hans Brassler was known for the originality and artistry of
his jewelry. Born in Germany, he studied design at
the Academie Julian in Paris and is reported to have earned or
shared in a gold medal at the 1900 Exposition
Universelle. He emigrated to the United States in 1902
and worked at Tiffany & Company for a period before
founding his own workshop in 1909, The Brassler Company.
Brassler served as artistic director of the firm for about six
years during which time he created an extraordinary collection
of striking, elegant jewels.
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