Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Object of the Day: A Victorian Jet Mourning Stickpin
This faceted jet stickpin would have served as a piece of mourning jewelry for a gentleman. Dating to about 1850, this stickpin is crafted of 15 karat gold (the British standard at the time) and features a substantial jet bead around which a structure of gold has been created. The gold band is set with pearls of graduated color from black to white. The gold band spins around the jet bead, and the bead itself turns independently as well—offering a bit of play and whimsy to an otherwise somber piece.