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Art Nouveau stickpin of lady with diamond. (J9085)

Lady with Diamond

A woman stares resolutely outward from within a swirling pile of tangled tresses.  Beneath her chin one of the locks encircles a small, sparkling diamond.  Crafted in 14kt gold by H.A. Kirby & Co.,  circa 1900.

Henry A. Kirby was a jeweler based in Providence, Rhode Island who created and retailed fine gold jewelry and kindred items in the late 1800s until his death in 1920.  In the years around 1900 the firm created a collection of whimsical and exotic jewels in the Art Nouveau taste.  Some were figurative like this stickpin, others were vaguely evocative of fantastic plants, and still others were just fascinatingly weird.  These jewels, although somewhat influenced by the Art Nouveau style, largely drew upon the idiosyncratic imagination of a gifted jewelry designer.

The stickpin is well crafted and securely held on a lapel with a sturdy pin stem (see picture below).  The upper pin is stamped "14K" and with the maker's mark of H.A. Kirby (a small Maltese cross).

Cost:  $445

Measurements:  This 14kt gold stickpin is  2 5/16" long and weighs 2.1 grams.  The top is just under 5/8" by  7/16".

Art Nouveau stickpin of lady with diamond. (J9085)

Art Nouveau stickpin of lady with diamond. (J9085)

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