Featured Gold nugget stickpin!

Discussion in 'Jewelry' started by spartcom5, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. spartcom5

    spartcom5 Well-Known Member

    At the flea market today and found this for five bucks. Very cool piece! I know it's hard to date something like this but I'd bet it pretty old. Any thoughts? Early 1900s? Gold rush era maybe? I myself love stickpins but don't get to wear them often, so I was thinking about maybe converting the nugget into a ring setting but decided against pulling it apart and appreciating it as it was made to be!
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  2. spartcom5

    spartcom5 Well-Known Member

    I know the stick is not gold.
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  3. afantiques

    afantiques Well-Known Member

    If it is gold it is a good buy.
    The jewellery trade make gold 'nuggets' by pouring molten gold into sand, so not all gold nuggets are gold nuggets.

    If tested with an XRF scanner, any reading where the gold content is some exact carat value would be suspect, as would a low carat reading. Genuine gold nuggests will be liable to contain traces of metals never normally found in refined gold alloys.
  4. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Nice talking piece, spart.
    Gold nugget jewellery is still made, often using the method af described.
    Most of these gold nugget stick pins seem to date from the Victorian Era, which is not very precise. Since there is no specific style, it is impossible to be more precise.
    I would keep it as it is, and maybe buy a nugget ring to go with it. And find a way of wearing the stickpins you have, it is a pity not to show them.
  5. Figtree3

    Figtree3 What would you do if you weren't afraid?

    To take this off track a bit, I would love to find a useful way to wear the stickpins that I own. They don't "go" with most of the clothing I wear to work these days.
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  6. gregsglass

    gregsglass Well-Known Member

    Hi Fig,
    I had a nurse friend that used to wear a "patch of what Holiday was coming up and put a few stickpins on the color patch and wear with her uniform. I.E. A heart shape for Valentines Day, a shamrock for St Pats, a blue striped one for United Nations Day etc. It was always a nice look.
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  7. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    At one time, ladies made basket pins using stickpins as the flowers.
  8. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

  9. Figtree3

    Figtree3 What would you do if you weren't afraid?

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    Figtree3 What would you do if you weren't afraid?

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