- Total Carat Weight: 0.214 ctw
- Precious Metal Weight: 1.01 dwt
- Precious Metal Material: Platinum throughout
- Dimensions: This pendant is very petite and measures 21.40 mm north to south (length) x 7.57 mm east to west (width)
- Weight: 1.57 grams
- Markings: The reverse is stamped PLAT, indicating its platinum composition.
- Era: This piece is believed to date to the 1950s.
- Buyer Notes: This jewel likely began life as a tie tack worn by a Shriners member. Jewelry is commonly reimagined as it passes through new hands, and it is surmised that this piece was converted into a pendant at some point in its history, possibly by the widow or loved one of the original owner. This kind of jewelry evolution is one of the many reasons pre-loved jewelry is so enchanting!
- Center Stone Type: Diamond
- Center Stone Count: One (1)
- Center Stone Dimensions: 3.20 mm, measured as mounting permits
- Center Carat Weight: 0.13 ct
- Center Stone Shape: Round Brilliant Cut
- Center Stone Color: G-H
- Center Stone Clarity: VS2
- Side Stone Type: Diamond
- Side Stone Count: Six (6)
- Side Stone Dimensions and Carat Weights:
- 4 diamonds appear to measure 1.50 mm = 0.015 ct each
- 2 diamonds appear to measure 1.35 mm = 0.012 ct each
- These 6 diamonds total 0.084 ctw
- Side Stone Shape: Single Cut
- Side Stone Color: G-H
- Side Stone Clarity: VS2 on average
This mystical little jewel is brimming with sparkles and symbolism, and represents the untold mysteriousness of Shriners International (formally titled the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, or AAONMS), which is an American arm of the Freemason fraternal society. It was officially formed in 1870 by New Yorkers Walter Fleming and William Florence, who sought to create a social branch based upon Masonic principles, but with an emphasis on fun, fellowship, and philanthropy.
The roots of the Shriner aesthetic is quite the story: as an actor by trade, Mr. Florence's was touring in the South of France during the last quarter of the 19th century. While there, he was invited to an exclusive fête hosted by an Arab diplomat who was in the region at the time. The party was performative and engaging, something of a all-participatory musical and comedy show, and at the party's conclusion, it is said that all attendees were initiated into a kind of secret club. Mr. Florence was deeply inspired by this exciting and, in his mind, 'exotic' crescendo of a guest experience, and noted loads of ideas that he could take home and apply to the formulation of the Shriners.
To further 'investigate', he followed up his rousing encounter with a trip to Cairo, Egypt and another to Algiers, Algeria to gather more creative influence. Once back in New York City, Mr. Florence presented his fascinating findings to his friend, Mr. Fleming, who then used the findings to design the Shriners' aesthetic basis, including the logo(s) and emblems associated with the fraternity, as well as the rituals and the costumes worn during them. While some find this story a guiltless tale of origin, others perceive it as another of history's glaring instances of cultural appropriation. By 2010, the organization shed much of these 'borrowed' visual motifs, while still maintaining the events and structure that Mr. Florence and Mr. Fleming established 140 years prior.
Even still, the western-modified Middle Eastern-inspired articles, such as garments and jewelry, are still in circulation today. From the standpoint of preservation, an honest perspective of historical context, and sustainability, one can appreciate these relics in an, arguably, more ethical and forthright sense, acknowledging their roots yet valuing them for the window that they are into the past.
Recalling the mysticism of the fraternity itself, this precious pendant is comprised of three elements: the crescent, the scimitar and the star:
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