Victorian 15k Rose Gold 0.46 CT Opal Griffin Talon Stick Pin
Victorian 15k Rose Gold 0.46 CT Opal Griffin Talon Stick Pin
Victorian 15k Rose Gold 0.46 CT Opal Griffin Talon Stick Pin
Victorian 15k Rose Gold 0.46 CT Opal Griffin Talon Stick Pin
Victorian 15k Rose Gold 0.46 CT Opal Griffin Talon Stick Pin
Victorian 15k Rose Gold 0.46 CT Opal Griffin Talon Stick Pin
Victorian 15k Rose Gold 0.46 CT Opal Griffin Talon Stick Pin
Victorian 15k Rose Gold 0.46 CT Opal Griffin Talon Stick Pin
Victorian 15k Rose Gold 0.46 CT Opal Griffin Talon Stick Pin
Victorian 15k Rose Gold 0.46 CT Opal Griffin Talon Stick Pin
Victorian 15k Rose Gold 0.46 CT Opal Griffin Talon Stick Pin
Victorian 15k Rose Gold 0.46 CT Opal Griffin Talon Stick Pin
Victorian 15k Rose Gold 0.46 CT Opal Griffin Talon Stick Pin
Victorian 15k Rose Gold 0.46 CT Opal Griffin Talon Stick Pin
Victorian 15k Rose Gold 0.46 CT Opal Griffin Talon Stick Pin
Victorian 15k Rose Gold 0.46 CT Opal Griffin Talon Stick Pin


Victorian 15k Rose Gold 0.46 CT Opal Griffin Talon Stick Pin

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General Information:

  • Total Carat Weight: 0.46 ct
  • Precious Metal Weight: 0.67 dwt
  • Precious Metal Material: On digital shop equipment, the talon head tests for between 14-15k rosy/warm yellow gold, and the stem tests for between 15-16k rose gold.
  • Dimensions: This pin measures 65.40 mm from top to bottom overall; the talon pinhead measures 12.36 mm north to south (length) x 6.69 mm east to west (width) x 5.29 mm back to front (depth) excluding the stem to the pin's reverse.
  • Weight: 1.94 grams
  • Markings: Unmarked, which is not unusual for pieces of this age and type, though tests for between 14 and 16k gold composition.
  • Era: Circa 1870s
  • Buyer Notes:  This pin boasts a popular figural motif that is hugely sought after by collectors for its ethereal aesthetic. The opal within has a vivid blue-white chromatic effect with very interesting, visible horizontal striations of silica within. The tiniest, pinprick of a natural inclusion(s) sits on the gem's surface around the 1-2 o'clock position when viewed upright. This is neither compromising nor detracting, and is not readily perceptible when worn or handled, but is noted and photographed under magnification for buyer transparency. The featured opal is exceptionally lovely in color and color play, notable for its blue hue and variation in movement, a trait that makes this chameleon-like polychromatic natural stone so unique. Please kindly note that in most standard, bright indoor light, this opal appears pale blue to bluish-white, and in lower lights, it seems to turn vivid turquoise-blue. Due to the fragile structure of opals in general, the condition of this opal is, itself, a victory over time! Even so, opals have a 5.5-6.5 out of 10 ranking on the Mohs Scale, and should be handled with care to achieve utmost longevity. This pin does not come with a clutch.


  • Center Stone Type: Opal
  • Center Stone Count: One (1)
  • Center Stone Carat Weight:  Estimated at an average 0.46 ct, as calculated by formula per the specific gravity of opal, though could technically weigh as much as 0.50 ct
  • Center Stone Dimensions: About 5.40 x 5.35 x 2.80 mm, as measured within mounting so as to preserve the piece's historic integrity 
  • Center Stone Shape: Round Cabochon Cut
  • Center Stone Color:  Pale blue to bluish-white with striations of turquoise, lime green, chartreuse, yellow-green and apricot; when backlit or viewed at an angle, the interior of the stone seems to glow orangey-rose.
  • Center Stone Clarity: Semi-translucent to opaque

The Story:

Beautifully crafted by hand during last quarter of the 19th century Victorian period, this figural stick pin features a mythological motif. The head is a slender, stylized eagle talon, complete with the fierce grip and subtle reference to (etched) feathering around the ankle. The talon clutches a hand-cut round cabochon blue opal gemstone which exhibits a wildly vivid display of cool colors. The moody allure of the colorful opal in sync with the linear grip of the talon create an otherworldly and deeply symbolic piece of wearable art:

The clawed figural component could either be an eagle or griffin, both creatures full of power and worthy of reverence. Eagles have been regarded as symbols of governance, order and regality; their ability to truly soar has matched their value to that of the gods, their ability to reach the heights a sign of their connectivity to the heavens. Across religions, time and cultures, the eagle has earned a place of reverence, and has forever been perceived as an intercessory of prayer, a protective agent and an appointed being by the divine. Accordingly, the griffin-- which is a fusion of both an eagle and a lion-- embodies these same characteristics with an added aura of authority and protectiveness.

Opals’ iridescent quality is known as opalescence or adularescence, described by the flecks of color present against and within the primary background color, as well as the flecks that shimmer between layers of amorphous silica. This single opal is one quite impressive, with a lovely play of color that shifts and changes in any given lighting. It divulges a very pale bluish-white to whitish body color in indoor light, hovers between haint and cerulean blue in midtonal light, and deepens to a rich turquoise in low indoor or outdoor light. In some incandescent or LED lights, the opal can sometimes appear as a cool peachy-blue. When viewed from a sharp angle, this transforms into a sublime vivid orange glow from within the stone. The finishing touch is the rosy gold mounting with its time-earned patina, as it provides a dramatic backdrop for such a bright gem.

Furthermore, opals are thought to convey hidden messages: opals represent emotional soothing, a boost in creativity and increase of joy. The precious and legendary gemstone is believed to bring about passion and connection, while also balancing emotion and spurring level headedness. Opals conjure fidelity amongst friends and spiritual instincts within. Much more than mere beauty, this stick pin, therefore, is infused with meaning as expressive and storied as its featured opal.

This precious little pin is a trove of bravery, a judicious talisman of heroism, and an ode to the fine balance of delicacy and tenacity. A true treasure imbued with at least 150 years of countless untold stories, this stick pin is a creative treasure, and a spellbinding accessory.

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