Amusing Antique Comet Pin

Antique comet pins tend to not be very realistic looking. Sometimes I wonder if they truly were created to represent comets, or if collectors just decided to call them comets. It’s not like I have an old photo of a Victorian woman wearing a comet pin at a Comet Halley party, or a painting of Georgian man gifting  his beloved a pin while a comet soars past in the sky. All I know is what today’s experts have told me, and I want to believe them so I do. This little pin here, complete with its own little diagram, helps me believe that these types of pins were indeed created to celebrate the comet!

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Comet ISON is now in that little ball stage far away…but it is getting close and is becoming more visible to us. I am so looking forward to Thanksgiving, when Comet ISON is scheduled to be its most viewable from Earth!

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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.

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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! 🙂