Kirsten's Corner Jewelry

Late Victorian 12K Yellow Gold and Palidium Spherical Stick Pin


This is a fabulous 12kt yellow and white gold spherical stick pin. This piece was made some time in the late 1800s. Although this piece is unmarked, I have tested it as 12kt yellow gold and white palidium.

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. Well-bred women took interest in these ornamental pieces and began to procure them for themselves. Women began wearing stick pins to secure 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. This first generation of pins were made with gold, pearls, precious stones and gems. Over time, stick pins became less ornate and more subdued. To this day, collectors from around the world lust after antique stick pins for their ornate detail and beauty.

This stick pin is delightfully minimal and elegant. It is perfectly round with a white gold ring striking through the middle. The sphere is free from dents and other imperfections typically found in pieces of this age. The sphere has an approximate diameter of 13.15mm. The stick pin is approximately 3 inches long. This piece weighs approximately 2.85 grams.

This antique would make an unforgettable gift or fantastic addition to your jewelry collection!

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