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Stick Pins in the Georgian Period
by: Lise

You are lucky to own jewelry from the Georgian era, as it probably once belonged to someone very privileged! Most people were not able to afford jewelry during the Georgian period.

The Georgian Period extends roughly from 1714-1830, which includes the reigns of four English Kings named George. Gold and diamonds were scarce during this time period, so alternatives like glass "paste" were created as well as other white colored stones.

Wearing stickpins became fashionable from the late eighteenth century, and extended into the beginning of the twentieth century.

The pin was made in the 18 century with a zigzag grooving to prevent slipping, however the stick pin, tie pin, jabot pin, surete pin, stock pin, (all the same thing) that were made later in the 19th century usually have merely a few twists in the pin about two-thirds of the length up.

So the extent of the grooving on the sick pin can narrow down the time frame for you. Gold was scarce during the Georgian period, gold is also much stronger than silver. As the stick pin was used mainly as a practical method of securing the voluminous neckwear or the quaint little "spencer" or shoulder cape, that was a conspicuous feature in the 1820s, which the low-cut gowns rendered quite indispensable, the strength of gold would have been necessary. I think your stick pin is lovely too!

Lise
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