UFO?

000 antique comet ufo

This is one of my favorite comet pins. It’s made of 14k gold and paste stones. The workmanship, when you look closely, is very interesting. I love the cloth-like texture near the stones…like the comet is cutting through the fabric of space. And then what is that near the end of the tail? A UFO?

 

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Comet Pin Protype

Here’s a little comet pin that I made from copper wire and heated quartz rock crystal. It measures about an inch and a half long and has a wire wrapped c-clasp.

000 comet pin

Hopefully I will have time to make one in sterling soon!

I am on a mission this year to continue the comet jewelry tradition of jewelers of olde. Hopefully Comet ISON will help me celebrate my current comet obsession. We should know more by Halloween. Fingers crossed!

Black Dot Paste

000 comet black dotI purchased this sweet little (late Victorian?) 10k comet pin online. The photo was terrible, and so I was delighted when I got to view this piece in person (or shall I say “in pin”?). Anyway, after taking the above photo I noticed that it has a “black dot paste” gem. Cool!

Paste, in case you don’t know, is basically glass that has been treated as a gemstone. Antique “paste” is very special because it was not mass produced like today’s glass stones are. Black dot paste is a paste stone that has a tiny black dot painted on the bottom. This is supposed to mimic the open culet of early diamond cuts.

I don’t normally purchase items online that have terrible pictures, but this time I lucked out! 🙂