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Brassler Coral Stickpin

Brassler stickpin with glowing angle skin coral. (J9130)

Oceanus Fluvius

A luminous reddish-orange coral rests in a beautifully sculpted gold setting.  The flowing lines and frothy scrolls of the setting bring to mind the Oceanus Fluvius of the ancient Greeks, the river-sea they believed encircled the earth.  A striking stickpin created by Hans Brassler in 14kt gold, circa 1910.

Hans Brassler was an imaginative jeweler who created wonderful stickpins and brooches that are best described as miniature works of art.  He found inspiration in nature, fantasy and distant and past cultures to create wonderful jewels drawing on the motifs and aesthetics of the Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts and Art Deco styles.

The reverse of the stickpin is as finely crafted as the front with a sturdy frame protecting the coral and strong gold pin stem. (see photo below)

Cost:  $565

Measurements:  This 14kt gold stickpin is just over 2 3/4" long and weighs 3.0 grams.  The flowing, circular top is  5/8" in diameter.

Brassler stickpin with glowing angle skin coral. (J9130)

Brassler stickpin with glowing angle skin coral. (J9130)

Hans Brassler, Jeweler Extraordinaire

Hans Brassler was known for the artistry and inventiveness 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 for "his original and artistic work" at the 1900 Exposition Universelle.  He emigrated to the United States in 1902 and worked as a freelance jewelry designer and at times with Tiffany & Co.  In 1909 he founded his own jewelry workshop,  The Brassler Company, in Newark, New Jersey.  Brassler served as vice president and artistic director of the firm for about six years during which time he created an extraordinary collection of strikingly original jewels.  His daughter, Margaret Brassler Kane, was the noted 20th century sculptor.

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

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