Victorian 14k 0.63 CTW Diamond & Mother of Pearl Medusa Figural Stick Pin
Victorian 14k 0.63 CTW Diamond & Mother of Pearl Medusa Figural Stick Pin
Victorian 14k 0.63 CTW Diamond & Mother of Pearl Medusa Figural Stick Pin
Victorian 14k 0.63 CTW Diamond & Mother of Pearl Medusa Figural Stick Pin
Victorian 14k 0.63 CTW Diamond & Mother of Pearl Medusa Figural Stick Pin
Victorian 14k 0.63 CTW Diamond & Mother of Pearl Medusa Figural Stick Pin
Victorian 14k 0.63 CTW Diamond & Mother of Pearl Medusa Figural Stick Pin
Victorian 14k 0.63 CTW Diamond & Mother of Pearl Medusa Figural Stick Pin
Victorian 14k 0.63 CTW Diamond & Mother of Pearl Medusa Figural Stick Pin
Victorian 14k 0.63 CTW Diamond & Mother of Pearl Medusa Figural Stick Pin
Victorian 14k 0.63 CTW Diamond & Mother of Pearl Medusa Figural Stick Pin
Victorian 14k 0.63 CTW Diamond & Mother of Pearl Medusa Figural Stick Pin
Victorian 14k 0.63 CTW Diamond & Mother of Pearl Medusa Figural Stick Pin
Victorian 14k 0.63 CTW Diamond & Mother of Pearl Medusa Figural Stick Pin
Victorian 14k 0.63 CTW Diamond & Mother of Pearl Medusa Figural Stick Pin


Victorian 14k 0.63 CTW Diamond & Mother of Pearl Medusa Figural Stick Pin

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General Information:

  • Total Carat Weight: 0.63 ctw inclusive of all gemstones present
  • Precious Metal Weight: 3.34 dwt
  • Precious Metal Material:  14k yellow gold
  • Dimensions: This pin measures 60.30 mm end to end. The head of the stick pin measures 22.82 mm north to south (length) x 16.22 mm east to west (width) x 4.70 mm back to front (depth), not including pin stem
  • Weight: An astounding 5.20 grams
  • MarkingsThe reverse of the pin's head is marked with a "14K" stamp
  • Era: This pin dates to the mid Victorian era, circa 1870 to 1880
  • Buyer Notes: This pin may be worn on the lapel or collar for a timelessly tantalizing statement, or may be converted into a pendant, ring or any other jewel desired. Kindly keep in mind that this piece does not come with a clutch.


    • Center Stone Type: Diamond
    • Center Stone Count: Two (2)
    • Center Stone Dimensions & Carat Weights: The first diamond measures approximately 1.75 x 1.40 x 0.50 mm for 0.015 ct, and the second diamond measures approximately 2.90 x 2.10 x 1.25 mm for 0.085 ct; total carat weight together is approximately 0.10 ctw by formula per the specific gravity of diamond
    • Center Stone Shape:  Asymmetrical, modified hand-faceted rose cut (one has flat table, one has pointed table); these do not appear to be foiled, but they do have closed backs
    • Center Stone Color: Estimated I-J
    • Center Stone Clarity: Estimated SI
    • Side Stone Type: Mother of Pearl
    • Side Stone Count: One (1)
    • Side Stone Carat Weight: 0.53 ct by formula per the specific gravity of Mother of Pearl and using the dimensions below
    • Side Stone Dimensions: Estimated 11.70 x 7.35 x 1.50 mm (this is a professional estimation given that part of the stone is partially covered by other components)
    • Side Stone Shape:  Hand carved tablet

    The Story:

    This pin dates to the mid Victorian era, likely originating sometime between 1870 to 1880, and reflects the 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 and Greek Revival styles surged in popularity in Western Europe and America. Such themes also rose to prominence with the social-aristocratic Grand Tour trips pursued by young socialites from the end of the 18th century through the end of the 19th. This pin exemplifies the rise in Greek Revival themes that sprouted from both archeological finds and Grand Tour excursions.

    It is a fabulous relic of a very specific time in history, and symbolizes the character's power over her enemies. Medusa's likeness is often perceived as a protective talisman, and was even a popular emblem of the French Revolution, as so portrayed in Théodore Géricault's 'The Raft of Medusa', painted in 1818-1819. Medusa's superiority as a leading figure of Greek Mythology elevates this pin as a badge of female dominance and fearsomeness.

    Being that this piece hails from the height of the Mid Victorian era, its design reflects the Grand Tour and Greek Revival styles that were soaring in notoriety in both fashion, homewares and architecture. Medusa's articulated hair is comprised of snake forms, and even a set of snakes is tied around her neck, as is commonly seen in her portrayals. 

    Medusa's face was hand carved into a polished Mother of Pearl (MOP) shell, just as the pair of diamonds were hand-faceted and set. This piece is incredibly heavy for a stick pin, as it embodies a significant amount of yellow gold. It was likely worn as an early variation of a tie tack, used to secure a gentleman's neck cravat in place. 

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