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Wise Owl and Pearl Stickpin

Wise owl and pearl stickpin. (J9008)

Pearls of Wisdom!

A wise owl perched on a branch with a freshwater baroque pearl.  Note the rich details of the owl's feathers and head.  Two small rose-cut diamonds are set as eyes.  Beautifully crafted in 14kt gold,  circa 1890.

The Victorians loved jewels with hidden messages and secret meanings.  For example,  a rebus jewel would "spell out" a common phrase or sentiment with its parts.  This stickpin with an owl, a symbol of wisdom, perched on a branch next to a pearl would suggest the expression "Pearls of Wisdom!"  The stickpin may have been a gift to a friend or loved one who gave especially apt advice.

The reverse of the stickpin (pictured below) is as nicely crafted as the front.  The reverse is marked "14K" for the purity of the gold.

Cost:  Although this elegant stickpin has sold,  you will find many more beautiful stickpins in the Antique Stickpin Gallery.

Measurements:  This 14kt gold stickpin is  2 1/2" long and weighs 2.0 grams.  The owl and branch are  9/16" tall by  7/16" wide.

Wise owl and pearl stickpin. (J9008)

Wise owl and pearl stickpin. (J9008)

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