Victorian jewelry is as complex in its symbolism, sentiment, and design as the fashion, architecture, and decor of the time. Worn as an ornament, a love token, or a remembrance, jewelry not only completed the well-dressed lady’s costume but also denoted her position in society, her marital status, and her sense of self.
Stickpins’ traditional purpose was to secure a tie or scarf but they are now currently worn as a lapel ornament, either singly or in groups. The motif atop these pins can vary widely from a simple pearl or gemstone to whimsical designs, just about anything. Stickpins all have one thing in common, the long pin that completes them. This pin can be straight or twisted (for security) and sometimes has a protective cap to place over the pointed end to help keep the pin in place.
A cabochon garnet takes center stage in this delicious example with a most peculiar Art Nouveau setting. The movement of the jewel is astonishing; the gold captures the movement of opposing rivers swirling around the stones; the bezel-set garnet glowing from within, the spike set pearl lustrously observing.
Materials and Features: garnet, pearls, 14k gold
Age/Origin: American, Victorian, c. 1880
Measurements: 1.5 grams, 2.35"
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
Please view and inspect any photos closely. We endeavor to fully disclose all condition information clearly and concisely, however, please note that what qualifies as excellent condition for historical jewelry differs from modern and contemporary pieces; please take the age of the piece into account when examining the piece. Minor age wear is typical and to be expected for antique and vintage jewelry. Unless otherwise stated, gemstones have not been officially graded for color, clarity, or treatment by GIA; any information provided is our own educated, professional assessment.