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Art Nouveau stickpin of lady with diamond. (J9085)

Woman with Diamond



A woman watches resolutely from within a swirling pile of flowing tresses.  A sparkling diamond is cradled beneath her chin in one of the curling locks.  This Art Nouveau stickpin was created by H.A. Kirby & Co. in 14kt gold,  circa 1900.

Henry A. Kirby was a jeweler based in Providence, Rhode Island who created fine gold jewelry and kindred items from the late 1800s until his death in 1920.  In the years around 1900 the firm offered 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 organic forms, and still others were just simply fascinatingly weird.  These jewels, although influenced by the Art Nouveau style, largely drew upon the idiosyncratic imaginations of one or more gifted jewelry designers.

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" with the maker's mark of H.A. Kirby (a small Maltese cross).

Cost:  $425

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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