Kirsten's Corner Jewelry
Late Victorian 14K Gold, Banded Agate, and Pearl Stick Pin
This is a stunning 14k gold, banded agate and pearl stick pin. This ornate piece was made some time in the mid to late 1800s. Although this piece is unmarked, I have tested it as 14kt yellow gold.
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 eye-catching stick pin is incredibly detailed. The banded agate in the background was cut into an “X” shape and inlaid in the 14kt gold setting. On top of the banded agate is a gold maltese cross with etched details on each of the four pieces. At the center of the pin is a sumptuous pearl, which is bezel set and surrounded by gold twisted wire. The pearl is approximately 4.95mm in size. The head of the pin is approximately 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch. This stick pin is approximately 2 1/2 inches long. This piece weighs approximately 2.90 grams.
This antique would make an unforgettable gift or fantastic addition to your jewelry collection!