Diamond Pins

Lapel pins, brooches and dress pins are a funny thing. They are small in stature but can convey so very much; particularly when worn with a minimum of other decorative jewelry. A simple diamond on the lapel of a black jacket immediately draws your attention. If upon approaching the person wearing it, your eyes are immediately drawn two that diamond pin, it has done its job. The term ‘diamond pin’ is as understated as one can possibly get when it comes to jewelry. And it’s so much more than a precious stone mounted to a pin. It is not only a statement, but a story. Diamond pins come in many shapes and sizes. Be they colorful or plain; simple or gaudy; large or small; a specific object or an artistic interpretation; they are all beautiful or meaningful to the person wearing them. They can start or end a conversation. Who knew that something this small could be assigned all these symbols, statements and qualities? If you’re going with a true diamond pin, you will of course be prepared to drop a little bit of cash. But there’s good news; you don’t have to take out a loan to buy a respectable diamond pin.

Popular back in my days, were the gold cross necklaces with a diamond in the center. I still see them worn, but a necklace isn’t always compatible with what you want to wear or comfortable. Some people have problems with metals next to their skin. A decorative diamond pin can be the answer. One such religious pin is a yellow gold cross with a diamond in its center. The ends of the cross are slightly swirled leaving it decorative, but not in the least bit gaudy. This particular pin is put out by Jewelry Web. It is stamped 14 carat gold whose natural diamond is 0.01 carat with a clarity rating of 12 – 13. The price on this diamond pin cross has been marked down from $173 to a far more affordable $86.90.

Where to begin? Angel fish, a sea conch, and octopus, a sunfish, a dragonfly, a starfish, a stingray (surprisingly elegant), a butterfly, a simplistic outline design of three dragonflies, gekos (very cute), dolphins, a bumblebee and a tiger (from Tiffany’s) are only a few of the hundreds of thousands of animal shapes and designs available with diamonds depicting stripes, spots or just generally accenting the piece. In case you’re thinking about buying that tiger from Tiffany’s Estate Collection, it is 18k yellow gold, C. 1970, has a .25ct. t.w. diamond with emeralds. With a 25% discount, you can practically steal it for $3,146.25.

Roses, roses and more roses everywhere! And who puts them there? Well, my favorite was put there by Gems-is-me. It was an amazing reddish violet colored rose bud (made of Brazilian Garnet) at the end of a 14k yellow gold stem with little diamonds in the 3 tiny leaves directly below the bud. Ordinarily this would be far too ostentatious for someone like me; but for whatever reason, this caught my eye and it refused to let go. It’s fortunate that this isn’t something I am usually drawn to because this piece (and it’s not extravagant in the least) is $1209 before the sale price of $725.40. I actually found myself thinking, “Hmm, how many articles would I have to write?” Moving along; daisies, just plain ‘flowers’ and leaves can adorn your blouse with yellow gold, diamonds and pearls.

I have yet to discover the significance, but people love feathers. Particularly when they are vintage Van Cleef and Arpel , C. 1970 18k two tone gold with .30ct. t.w. diamonds. It is simply beautiful. And it had better be for an already 25% discounted $6,746.25 (was $8995).The only thing light as a feather here is your wallet after the purchase. Oddly, it’s another one of those diamond pins that caught my eye. Its detail is unsurpassed and though it is made of a precious metal, it appears to be soft as silk. One literally wants to run their finger along the ‘soft’ edge of the feather, as you would with a real one.

An antique car with 3.50 ct. t.w. Safire, .95 ct. t.w. diamond and 18k yellow gold will thrill not only the old car buff in your life, but your credit card company as well at $2,471.25 after 25% off (was $3,295). It looks attractive and clever.

Both ends of the rainbow
The least expensive piece I found in today’s search was a 14k white gold, diamond cross lapel pin for $68.90 (slashed in half from $137.80).The Mount Everest of elaborately expensive diamond pins was a curious piece grouping three horseshoes with draped stems and leaves flowing over the bottom. The C. 1980, 17.15ct. t.w. marquise diamonds in platinum pin was $31,495.00.It has been cut back a generous 25% for a new low total of $23,621.25. Realize that platinum is probably the most expensive precious metal that you can utilize in jewelry. There were several diamond pins made from 18k palladium white gold that seemed ‘reasonable’ with one fine baroque pearl and diamonds. This diamond pin resembles an octopus and cost $2,752.80 (after a 40% discount).

And just for fun!
This is cute. First, take a brand new, shiny safety pin. Next, find a pristine and shiny dime as well as Crazy Glue or some other kind of heavy duty, sticks-to-everything glue. Glue the dime securely onto the non-poking side of the pin and let it dry. Next time you’re going out to a fun or semi formal get-together; secure the safety pin to your lapel. When people inquire you simply say, “Oh, do you like my dime-on pin?”

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