Welcome to my shop, The Strands of Time. I hope that you will enjoy browsing through the fine vintage and antique jewelry items in the shop and find something that is special. Please refer to “Terms of Sale” on each page.
Hans Stern immigrated from Germany to Brazil. It did not take him long to discover the beauty of the gemstones mined in Brazil. In 1945 he founded his own luxury jewelry business, H. Stern, in Rio de Janeiro. By the early 1950's his jewelry had caught the attention of jewelry lovers the world over. In 1964 the New York Times recognized Stern as "the king of diamonds and colored gemstones..." His jewelry was purchased by many famous people including John F. Kennedy, Henry Kissinger and the Shah of Iran. It seem that the rich and famous made a point of purchasing a Stern piece when visiting Rio de Janeiro.
This fantastic cat pin is one of the most rare and valuable of all brooches in my shop. It was made by the H. Stern Company circa 1960's - 70's, possible earlier. Sterns jewelry designs were unique and drew attention because they were not the run-of-the-mill.
This kitty is made of solid 18K yellow gold except for the white gold castings behind the natural diamond eyes. Double castings are labor intensive and the process is expensive There are 4 natural blue sapphires. His head is that of a highly polished gold cat but his body is a swirl of textured gold ribbons.The pin has 2 pin shafts because of its weight - 14.7 grams.
The pin is 1 5/8 inch x 1 5/16 inch x 1 3/8 inch. The sapphires are natural medium dark blue and 3mm in diameter.
The back of the pin has the H. Stern trademark - an "S" inside a hexagon inside a square/diamond. It is hallmarked "750" for 18K gold.
The pin is guaranteed to be a genuine H. Stern piece. It is in excellent vintage condition. This pin would retail at $2500 - $3000 or more in today's market.
I am always open to reasonable offers but, if items are reduced or on sale, they are already at the lowest prices.
Thank you for visiting my shop and please come back again. I add new items regularly.
NOTE: I offer lay-a-way services for all items. Please refer to “Terms of Sale” on each page.
14.7 Grams, 18K YG Very Rare H. Stern Cat Pin with Sapphires & Diamonds
$1,129 $1,529 SALE