- Total Carat Weight: 0.12 ctw
- Precious Metal Weight: 2.95 dwt
- Precious Metal Material: 14k yellow gold (stamped and tested) but with an 18k or higher bloomed gold matte and stippled finish
- Dimensions: This pin measures 22.54 mm north to south (length) x 16.81 mm east to west (width) x 3.46 mm back to front (depth) excluding the rear stem pin and its clutch closure. The stem pin measures 11.15 mm long
- Weight: An incredibly lovely 4.6 grams without the base metal clutch closure
- Markings: The reverse of this pin is marked with a semi-discernable partial maker's mark that is somewhat obscured by the four back-openings of the bezeled diamonds. This partial mark is believed to read "[...]AIG", and below is stamped the gold purity, also partially obscured, which reads "14K". The way in which the purity mark is written indicates non-European make; these stamps together relay that this pin was made in America, likely by a jewelry house with the name "Craig" in their title
- Era: This pin dates to the mid Victorian era, circa 1870 to 1880
- Buyer Notes: The clutch closure is base metal, while the rest of the pin is gold. This figural jewel is perfectly wearable on the tie, the lapel or collar as it is, and also makes a perfect candidate for a jewelry conversion into another wearable form such as a ring or pendant. This piece is as collectible as they come!
- Center Stone Type: Diamond
- Center Stone Count: Four (4)
- Center Stone Carat Weight: 0.03 ct each; 0.12 ctw altogether
- Center Stone Dimensions: About 1 mm each, measured within mount as mounting permits so as to preserve the integrity of the piece
- Center Stone Shape: Antique Single Cut (hand cut, faceted and polished by the hand of a master cutter over a century and a half ago)
- Center Stone Color: G-H
- Center Stone Clarity: VS1-VS2
Hailing from the last decades of the Victorian era around 1870 to 1880, this exquisitely detailed tie tack is sizable for its kind, and reflects the Renaissance and Archeological Revival styles of the time. When the construction of the Suez Canal was completed in 1869, archaeological endeavors ensued in the Middle East and Africa and revived interests in Ancient civilizations' aesthetics. Egyptian, Etruscan, Greek and Roman Revival styles surged in popularity in Western Europe and America.
Likewise, a rising re-interest in the highly decorative and deeply symbolic nature of Renaissance era jewelry piqued the interests of consumers. Such themes rose to prominence especially due to the social-aristocratic Grand Tour trips which were ardently pursued by young socialites from the end of the 18th century through the end of the 19th.
This knight/warrier pin exemplifies the talismanic notion of protection perceived of both Medieval and Renaissance knighthood, and evokes the loyalty of a Roman Revival style warrior. Its design is rare and makes for an exciting example of late Victorian revival jewelry, and is a bit more unusual than the typical examples on the market. It feels at once a treasure from another era and yet altogether contemporary and whimsical. Its high relief and impeccable detail work are stylized and artistic, while its heftier weight is very desirable for such a piece. These attributes make this pin all the more valuable to collectors.
Enhancing this pin's appearance is its bloomed gold finish. Blooming is a finishing technique applied to fine jewelry with its origins purported to be in 1853, and its popularity highest between the 1870s and 1890s. In the blooming process, the gold piece is dipped within a mix of muriatic acid, potassium nitrate, salt and water, causing the alloyed components of the gold compound to delicately burn away, leaving a very fine surface layer of pure (24k purity) karat gold. The burning procedure leaves micro-pitting in the surface of the piece, giving it its identifiably soft, subtle textural appearance. The texture achieved is an exceptionally bright, golden and matte quality, as pictured.
The blooming process evidences why the stone settings seemed to have been punched after the markings were stamped onto the pin's reverse: the use of acids required that the stones and their settings be added to the piece after the blooming process was complete so as to keep the interior of the settings unbloomed and so as not to harm the gems. As such, the body of the piece was made first, hallmarked second, bloomed third and punched/gem-set last. While seemingly an unusual order of operations, one must remember that this piece was made during a very, very early iteration of production en masse when imperfection was not uncommon and prior to the final ironing out of-- what we may deem-- 'kinks'.
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