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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1972 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Stuart Devlin, born 1931 - died 2018 (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold and grain-set diamonds

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Joan Hurst through Art Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 35, shelf B, box 1

In the sixties a group of jewellers based in London were in many ways ahead of their time. Working within the mainstream market for precious jewellery, they experimented with contemporary designs and materials. They explored new methods of applying gold and devised unconventional shapes for settings.

For women in high society this jewellery offered a new way of expressing wealth and status. What counted was creative expression and individuality, not big flashy stones and material values. Diamonds were no longer the only gemstone to be a ‘girl’s best friend’.

Stuart Devlin, born in Australia, was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Art, London in 1958 and afterwards at Columbia University in the USA. After an interim stay in Australia he moved to London where he opened a workshop in 1965. Devlin has designed jewellery, silver, trophies, coinage, medallions, furniture and interiors. Stylistically he moved from his early Scandinavian style or Bauhaus approach to objects with rich ornamentation. He developed various processes for texturing metal surfaces and using filigree ornaments.

Devlin began designing jewellery in 1967 and was granted the Royal Warrant of Goldsmith and Jeweller to Her Majesty the Queen in 1982.

Physical description

Star-shaped brooch whose openwork form is made up of the massed bodies of tiny pin men. At the centre is a diamond-encrusted hemisphere.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1972 (made)


Stuart Devlin, born 1931 - died 2018 (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Gold and grain-set diamonds

Marks and inscriptions



Height: 6.5 cm, Width: 5.5 cm

Descriptive line

Brooch, made by Stuart Devlin, about 1972; gold and diamonds

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Devlin, Carole and Simkins, Victoria Stuart Devlin: designer, goldsmith, silversmith, Antiques Collector Club, 2018, pp.340-1


Gold; Diamond


Jewellery; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project


Metalwork Collection

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