Victorian 14k, 22k 0.11 CTW Old Mine Cut Diamond Enameled Bouquet Stick Pin
Victorian 14k, 22k 0.11 CTW Old Mine Cut Diamond Enameled Bouquet Stick Pin
Victorian 14k, 22k 0.11 CTW Old Mine Cut Diamond Enameled Bouquet Stick Pin
Victorian 14k, 22k 0.11 CTW Old Mine Cut Diamond Enameled Bouquet Stick Pin
Victorian 14k, 22k 0.11 CTW Old Mine Cut Diamond Enameled Bouquet Stick Pin
Victorian 14k, 22k 0.11 CTW Old Mine Cut Diamond Enameled Bouquet Stick Pin
Victorian 14k, 22k 0.11 CTW Old Mine Cut Diamond Enameled Bouquet Stick Pin
Victorian 14k, 22k 0.11 CTW Old Mine Cut Diamond Enameled Bouquet Stick Pin
Victorian 14k, 22k 0.11 CTW Old Mine Cut Diamond Enameled Bouquet Stick Pin
Victorian 14k, 22k 0.11 CTW Old Mine Cut Diamond Enameled Bouquet Stick Pin
Victorian 14k, 22k 0.11 CTW Old Mine Cut Diamond Enameled Bouquet Stick Pin
Victorian 14k, 22k 0.11 CTW Old Mine Cut Diamond Enameled Bouquet Stick Pin
Victorian 14k, 22k 0.11 CTW Old Mine Cut Diamond Enameled Bouquet Stick Pin
Victorian 14k, 22k 0.11 CTW Old Mine Cut Diamond Enameled Bouquet Stick Pin
Victorian 14k, 22k 0.11 CTW Old Mine Cut Diamond Enameled Bouquet Stick Pin
Victorian 14k, 22k 0.11 CTW Old Mine Cut Diamond Enameled Bouquet Stick Pin
Victorian 14k, 22k 0.11 CTW Old Mine Cut Diamond Enameled Bouquet Stick Pin
Victorian 14k, 22k 0.11 CTW Old Mine Cut Diamond Enameled Bouquet Stick Pin
Victorian 14k, 22k 0.11 CTW Old Mine Cut Diamond Enameled Bouquet Stick Pin
Victorian 14k, 22k 0.11 CTW Old Mine Cut Diamond Enameled Bouquet Stick Pin

BR295

Victorian 14k, 22k 0.11 CTW Old Mine Cut Diamond Enameled Bouquet Stick Pin

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General Information:

  • Total Carat Weight: 0.11 ctw
  • Precious Metal Weight: 0.84 dwt
  • Precious Metal Material: 14-15k & 22-24k yellow gold
  • Dimensions: 12.5 x 11.4 x 4.6 mm floral pin head; 51.4 x 11.4 mm overall; 48.2 mm pin length
  • Weight: 1.31 grams
  • Markings: Maker and metal purity are unmarked; hand-etched on back of the left-most flower with the sequence "59 11 79". Our digital metal tester puts the stem pin at 14-15k yellow gold, and the head of the pin (flower cluster) between 22-24k yellow gold.
  • Era: c. 1890-1900 (late Victorian/early Edwardian)
  • Buyer Notes: This pin, though in worn condition, is a very fine example of the tediousness of hand craftsmanship around the turn of the century. The enameled head of the pin shows wear commensurate with age and loving use, and the pin stem has been bent over time and is now wavy from attempts to re-straighten it multiple times. It is, by no means, in extraordinary condition, but its delicacy and elegance are no less brilliant. Indeed, its wear is most evident under extreme magnification at 60x or higher, and is NOT as evident to the naked eye and when worn, as the floral pinhead itself measures a very dainty scale. The pin is finely constructed, and the reverse shows a structural ring atop which the flowers have been added. As well, there is a tiny loop at the top of the pinโ€™s backside. This loop would have had an especially fragile safety chain attached, likely 2 inches long, with a ยฝ inch safety pin on the other end. This would have ensured that the floral stick pin would not fall off the lapel or collar, and would have a backup safety mechanism in place to โ€˜catchโ€™ the pin should it come loose. These features are obviously long gone, but the top loop remains as evidence of this bit of fashion history.

Specifications:

  • Center Stoneย Type: Diamond
  • Center Stone Count: Three (3)
  • Center Stoneย Carat Weight: Approx. 0.11 ctw; individual weights: left stone is 0.033 ct, center stone is 0.045 ct, and right stone is 0.033 ct
  • Center Stoneย Dimensions: from left to right, 2 x 2 x 1.3 mm; 2.2 x 2.1 x 1.5 mm; 1.9 x 2.1 x 1.3 mm.
  • Center Stone Shape: Old Mine Cut
  • Center Stone Color: H
  • Center Stone Clarity: SI1

The Story:

Made at the end of the Victorian era, this darling stick pin features a fully articulated trio of white blooms, each one with eight petals that swell in their middles and come to a soft point at their ends. These flowers test between 22 and 24 karat gold, with hand-enameled fronts that show the age of pin in its wear. The unpainted backs of these flowers show a deep patina that is quite desirable, especially in pieces of such high karat composition. The solid gold bodies of the petals peek through most, if not all, of the white colorings, a characteristic commensurate with age and use over the past century or so.

Each flower is centered with a nice Old Mine cut diamond; old mines are well loved for their handcut quality, and as such, the imperfect faceting they boast. The present diamonds are each set with five claw prongs, are delicate in size, yet chunky in finish, and have wide open culets that create the โ€˜circleโ€™ visible at their centers. These stones proudly wear their manual origins, charmingly complimenting the timeworn integrity of the enameled flowers in which they are set.

It is possible that these flowers are stylized representations of daisies, which have long been associated with innocence, young love and fertility, and are given as tokens between long distance lovers as a message of good cheer and sentimental affection. However, real daisies are quite complex flowers, and are actually made up of two rings of petals and are considered two flowers blended into one head in perfect unity.ย 

As such, it could be that the eight petals inform us that these blooms are, in fact, the Bloodroot flower. Bloodroot has a mystical reputation, and is used to create love potions by multiple populations. It is believed to be a key ingredient to compel love and marriage, and it is said to relieve stress, anxiety and depression. Yet, direct contact with the skin can cause rashes, irritation and even scarring. An interesting allusion to the risk of love, perhaps?ย 

Whatever these blooms are meant to be, the fact that they are in a grouping of three is notable because the number three is seen as a complete triune, a perfect balance, and inherently holy. Furthermore, the silhouette of the three flowers and their conclusion in a single curved stem is a clear recollection of a lucky shamrock. Such an allusion is a certain sign of good fortune, sealing these messages of love with a blessing. Victorian jewelry is known for its rich symbolism, and this petite pin is exemplary in the secret contexts it divulges. Although the pin stem itself shows waviness, it is very wearable as it is, since the stem does not show whatsoever when worn. However, it would also make for a marvelous conversion to any other kind of jewelry item.

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