This is an incredible 14kt gold and turquoise stick pin, made some time in the late 1800s. The piece is marked 14kt on the back.
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.
The turquoise cabochon has an approximate diameter of 6.90mm. The stone has a lovely turquoise hue with strikes of brown through it. Surrounding the bezel set turquoise cabochon is a stunning scrolling foliate motif. These details were all crafted by hand. The head of the pin is a little less than half an inch wide. This pin is approximately 2 1/4 inches long. This piece weighs approximately 1.25 grams.
This antique would make an unforgettable gift or fantastic addition to your jewelry collection!