Edwardian Gold Quartz Sailboat Stickpin
You’ll sail all your troubles away when wearing this stick pin. Realistic in its details with platinum sail engraved to mimic the wind catching the fabric, 14k rose gold mast and gold quartz (quartz-in-gold*) flat bottom hull. Even the rudder is of 14k rose gold as is the forestay. The 9k gold pin will stay its course with its twist (common to the era and assists in securing the pin to fabric without slipping).
Measurements: 2-7/8 inches (7.3 cm) in length by 11/16 of an inch (1.7 cm) at the widest. Weight of 2.0 grams (1.3 dwt).
Date & Origin: Circa 1905 – 1915 and is most likely American in origin.
*Gold-in-quartz was formed while the earth was still in its molten state. During its cooling and solidification process, veins of gold sometimes became trapped with the crystals of quartz which created dramatic contrast of color between the whitish quartz and the yellow of the gold. Much of the gold discovered in California was found in gold-bearing quartz. Quite in vogue from the mid-19th century through the early years of the 20th, we occasionally come across antique examples of this unique gemstone today.