The Aqua Brooch
The history of Pinns stretches back 125 years in my family within the City of Cape Town so, inevitably generational stories emerge. This one involves my late dad.
In the early 1960's, on his travels abroad, he was offered a very rare and beautiful
But this was a gem dealer from Brazil well known to my dad and he was just trying to liquidate this prized gemstone as he was in urgent need of the money. In a flash
My dad then took a decision not to place this rare gem for sale. But instead he designed an exquisite “art Deco” style diamond brooch to set this magnificent Aqua and give it to his wife (my late mother).
As you can see from the photographs of the brooch, which I still proudly own and have on display in my showroom, it is a truly magnificent piece.
My late mother wears it here while she posing in all her finery with her sister - in -law and the ships captain on the Pendennis Castle steamship that used to ply the oceans connecting Southern Africa to the United Kingdom.
What marvelous days those were. And my family count ourselves