Gray & Davis Holiday Gift Guide: For the History Buff

For those who know that half the fun of wearing antique jewelry is telling stories about it!

The dirk pin

This pin would look just as much at home on a lapel of your tweed jacket as it would on the Victorian tourist that picked it up as a Scottish souvenir. Pretty tartan patterned enamel is studded with two yellow glass “paste” stones and crowned with a pale yellow citrine at the hilt. Extra points if you can name the clan it was meant to represent.

Victorian sterling silver pin with citrine, enamel and yellow pasts. Available at Gray & Davis.

Victorian sterling silver pin with citrine, enamel and yellow pasts. Available at Gray & Davis.

Georgian Stuart Crystal earrings in silver, 14k gold, made c.1820. Available at Gray & Davis.

Georgian Stuart Crystal earrings in silver, 14k gold, made c.1820. Available at Gray & Davis.

The Stuart crystal earrings 

Clear rock crystal is set atop a gold-wire monogram backed in pink foil in these Georgian earrings. Stuart crystal jewelry was first worn in secret support of King Charles I after his execution in 1659. The style caught on, and soon “Stuart” crystals were made in memorium for all sorts of individuals (we’re not sure whose initials are written in this specific pair).

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