10K Gold, Pearl and Diamond Victorian Stick Pin
This delicate antique stick pin is made of a combination of 10K gold (the pin) and 14K gold (the setting) with four small old mine cut diamonds and a natural pearl. These gemstones are all prong set into the 14 karats of gold, with the pearl at center. In the language of Victorian era symbolism and sentimentality, pearls came to signify tears, and were a favorite of the Victorian romantics. The pearl measures approximately 4mm in size while the diamonds are 1mm each. These have open backs so that more light comes in through the gemstone and they become very luminescent and refractive. Together the stones seem to almost form a flower, the ultimate expression of friendship and love.
The 10KT gold stick of this pin measures 2-1/4 inches and displays the antique twist that was a safety feature on many stick pins. This piece is an antique that has been well taken care of. It makes a great item to gift, full of romance and history. Circa 1890.
Stick pins have a rich and interesting history. In the early and mid-1800s, it was customary for upper class men to wear tie pins to secure their cravats. Women also took interest in these ornamental pieces and began to procure them for themselves. They began wearing stick pins to tie their scarves, however, the functionality of these items quickly evolved. Soon enough, these pins were worn on the lapels of coats and incorporated into hats. Stick pins rose to prominence in the Victorian era. To this day, collectors from around the world seek antique stick pins for their ornate detail and beauty.