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Art Deco Diamond Stickpin

Art Deco diamond in sapphire stickpin. (SP9558)


An elegant stickpin custom created about 1920  with a lovely Old European cut diamond set in the center of a torus-cut man-made sapphire.  The gemstones are set in platinum bezels with millegrain edges. 

The diamond weighs approximately 1/3 of a carat, perhaps a little more,  The Old European cut was a style of diamond cutting favored in the decades around 1900.  The man-made sapphire is cut as a torus, essentially a donut with a hole in the middle, with faceted sides.  The sapphire is a translucent, light blue that beautifully complements the sparkle of the diamond. 

This custom stickpin was finely crafted in 14kt gold and platinum.   The care taken in creating the stickpin can be seen in the photograph below of the reverse of the setting.

Cost:  $725

Measurements:  This gold and platinum stickpin is 2 7/8" long and weighs 1.8 grams.  The platinum top is 3/8" in diameter.

Art Deco diamond in sapphire stickpin. (SP9558)

Art Deco diamond in sapphire stickpin. (SP9558)

The Art Deco Era and Man-made Sapphires

The decades around 1900 were an exciting period of innovation and change in the  jewelry trades.  One of the more lasting innovations was the discovery of methods for creating sapphires in a laboratory.  These man-made sapphires offered gem cutters an opportunity to fashion gemstones into unusual shapes like the torus.  Although the new man-made sapphires took several decades to catch on, by the Jazz Age of the 1920s the imaginatively cut gemstones were viewed as fashionably modern and found a home in the platinum and gold jewelry of the era.

Here are a few more elegant jewels from the past ...

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