Art Deco Arts & Crafts 2” Persian Turquoise Sterling Silver Brooch Pin
A simple yet elegant silhouette, the bar pin, was given thoughtful attention in this 1910s - 20s Arts & Crafts piece. Made to highlight the vibrant color and beauty of natural turquoise, this brooch has nicely sized stones that graduate in size, shift slightly in hue and have a charming "egg" shape. The pleasing ovoid form of the robin's egg blue turquoise, domes slightly above their silver hexagon setting for a dynamic effect that is enhanced by the excellent condition of this piece.
Condition Guide Excellent. This piece is fresh looking, it must have been tucked away and well taken care of, the soft signs of wear are noticeable on inspection.
* The silver setting has a bright patina with minor surface wear, there are no dents or misshapen spots.
* The natural turquoise is all in place and original, without any surface wear or chipping.
* The actual pin is not sterling but alloy.
* There are no irregularities to the setting or signs of solder or repair and the piece has a firm shape.
Length 2 1/8"
Mark Tiny mark by the clasp, see photo
Clasp Secure, and original
Weight 7 grams
Period 1910s - 20s
Material Tests for sterling silver, natural turquoise
On the Arts & Crafts Movement. The Arts and Crafts period emerged at the turn of the century as a reaction against the industry and machinery that had begun to infiltrate culture, arts, and design. Proponents of the Arts and Crafts Movement argued true art and true craftsmanship must be done by an artisan, not by a machine or by an assembly line of people. They believed that the original creative endeavor of an individual artisan would bring its own distinct pleasure, not only to the working class makers but to the person wearing it.
On Unique Shapes. Gemstones are time consuming to cut, requiring a high degree of skill from a trained craftsman, and glass cabochons can be equally complicated to manufacture on a large scale while keeping costs down. These constraints are only a few of the reasons you often see similar shapes of stones used in jewelry. When an unusual shape or cut is used, the manufacturer has made a decision to make something different. Look for out-of-the-ordinary shapes, like the demilune for example, for a striking look as well as a unique find.