Trend Watch: Sharper Image

The charm of the stickpin makes its point once again.
The Old Soul and the Bighorn pins by Black Sheep & Prodigal Sons.
If you had your school picture taken anytime between 1978 and 1984, you probably have at least one piece of stickpin evidence. Whether it was a happy cluster of bubble-hearts or the astrological sign of Sagittarius (thanks, mom), that prized adornment sat proudly in your corduroy lapel as a symbol of your adolescent sharpness. You had attitude, even if in third grade you didn't know it.
With a number of standout designs emerging in various small-scale jewelry collections, the stickpin is regaining its sharpness. We've spotted a number of keepers that make us want to dig way back in the closet for that wide-wale Sassoon blazer, though this time around, we're more inclined to add one to a fedora or scarf. In step with the return of the high-waisted '70s jean and long, lean military-inspired coats, the stickpin personifies an eras-old, streamlined kind of cool. Bold in its simplicity, today's variety marries the masculine and feminine either with handsome hand-carved treatments or precious stones.
Antique Sword and Amethyst pins from Doyle & Doyle; Lovebirds pin by Lyell.
Erring on the elegant side, Doyle & Doyle offers an amethyst and pearl piece in 10-karat gold ($150) and a dressed-up enamel and diamond sword pin in 18-karat gold ($75). Black Sheep & Prodigal Sons turned out tougher examples: The Old Soul, a hand-carved gold and silver horned owl pin ($380), the Golden Bighorn ($380), and the Bighorn in cold-cast porcelain ($230). And designer Emma Fletcher of Lyell seems to have recaptured the innocence of the one we loved and wore when we were in girl scouts—the sweet, studied Lovebirds lapel pin ($55). You might not be as innocent as you were back then, but you can still reclaim some of that unassuming attitude—point taken.
Doyle & Doyle, 189 Orchard Street, New York City, 212-677-4170, or go to; Black Sheep and Prodigal Sons is available online at; Lyell, 173 Elizabeth Street, New York City, 212-966-8484, or go to
— Christene Barberich and Piera Gelardi
The charm of the stickpin makes its point once again.

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