Professional Jeweler Archive: Brooching Diamonds

September 2000

Diamonds: New Products

Brooching Diamonds

Suits are back and brooches are the perfect accent

The fashion winds are shifting to suits, jackets and coats for fall, so be prepared as customers look for new accessories after several seasons of less formal businesswear. “It’s the best opportunity the brooch has ever had,” says Geri Bondanza, vice president of Michael Bondanza Inc., New York City.

Vintage and reproduction Art Deco clips, bar pins and whimsical pavé bugs and other creatures are sure bets. But also stock more contemporary designs for women who want to make a “younger” statement. “Today, all shapes of stones are used to create wonderful looking brooches,” says Marie Somos, vice president of Somos Creations, Valley Cottage, NY.

Customers typically have questions about wearing brooches. Here are some tips to pass along:

  • Wear brooches on heavier fabrics, worsted wool, for example. Silk and loose knits can pull or droop with a heavy brooch.
  • If the pin of a brooch leaves a hole, use the same hole each time to prevent further damage.
  • To make a brooch stay in place, weave the pin in and out of the fabric several times rather than stick it through just once.
  • If your customer just bought a jacket made of silk or other delicate fabric and doesn’t want to poke a hole in it, suggest a magnet system, with one part attached to the brooch and the other used behind the fabric (available through Stuller Settings, Lafayette, LA, (800) 877-7777, and Magnapin Inc., Dallas, TX, (877) 624-6274, www.magnapin.com).

– by Lorraine M. Suermann, A.J.P.

These 18k white gold and diamond brooches are $2,370-$3,035 keystone.

Temi B., Los Angeles, CA;(213) 626-2424, fax (213) 622-7868.

Platinum and diamond brooch is part of “The Star of the 21st Century” collection. Diamond weight varies from 0.65-5.0 carats. Suggested retail, $3,000-$20,000.

Somos Creations, Valley Cottage, NY; (914) 268-4004, fax (914) 268-0634.

Platinum brooch is set with 6.15 carats of pear-shaped diamonds, a 0.35-ct. brilliant-cut diamond and 0.32 carat of diamond pavé. Suggested retail, $40,000.

William Goldberg Diamond Corp., New York, NY; (212) 980-4343, fax (212) 980-6120.

The 20.04-ct. D flawless center diamond in this platinum brooch is surrounded by 14 baguette, 11 pear, 10 marquise and nine round diamonds that are D/E/F in color and internally flawless to VVS in clarity.

Philippe Diamond Corp., New York, NY; (212) 869-5570, fax (212) 944-2506.

Ensueno Dream pendant brooch measures 38mm x 47mm and is set with round diamonds that intertwine with green and blue enamel.

Nouveau 1910, New York, NY; (212) 302-7200, fax (212) 840-7249.

18k white gold flower brooch features 1.87 carats of diamonds and retails for $3,405.

Art Import, New York, NY; (800) 246-3746 or (212) 840-3995, fax (212) 768-7395.

Platinum, diamond pavé and a black Tahitian pearl make up this nature-inspired brooch.

Aaron Henry, Los Angeles, CA; (213) 623-4191, fax (213) 623-7891.

18k yellow, white and rose gold pin/pendant retails for $6,037.

La Nouvelle Bague/Howard L. Grant Inc., New York, NY; (212) 750-5554, fax (212) 750-0033.

Marquise lentil-rim brooch is crafted in 18k gold and platinum and set with 0.25 carat of treated colored diamonds. Suggested retail, $3,200.

Etienne Perret, Camden, ME; (207) 236-9696, fax (207) 236-9698.

Platinum and 18k gold diamond brooch has 7.22 carats of oval diamonds and 3.30 carats of brilliant-cut yellow diamonds. Suggested retail, $48,000.

William Levine Fine Jewels, Chicago, IL; (312) 236-3700, fax (312) 580-7470, www.wlfj.com.

Platinum dragonfly brooch features 0.70 carat of diamond pavé. Suggested retail, $5,565.

Michael Bondanza Inc., New York, NY; (212) 869-0043, fax (212) 921-2565.

Rosebud brooch holds white, yellow and pink pavé diamonds set in white, yellow and pink gold. Ribbon brooch is crafted in white gold and is set with diamond pavé and rubies.

Picchiotti/DJS Marketing Group Inc., Miami, FL; (305) 860-9500, fax (305) 860-9454.

18k stick pin features 0.31 carat of diamonds and a cushion-cut lime quartz. Suggested retail, $1,140.

Susan Michel, Flushing, NY; (888) 738-3400 or (718) 591-3722, fax (718) 380-3835.

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