An incredible large snake tiepin that was made circa 1880. It’s body has been set with three caratsThe unit of weight for a diamond or other gemstone and also for a pearl. Abbreviated 'ct', 1 carat is equal to 0.2 grams. In reference to gold, a unit of purity or fineness of gold and gold alloy, expressed as a number out of 24 parts by weight, e.g. '24 carat' signifies pure gold, '18 carat' 18/24th gold in the alloy, et cetera. Also abbreviated as 'c... More of old mine cutAn 18th, 19th and early 20th century diamond shape, typically cushion or asymmetrical, marked by a small table, a high crown and a large culet. Culets are the small flat facets at the bottom of a stone which appear to the untrained eye as a hole in the middle of the stone. Before the advent of modern machinery which allows for the precise faceting we see tod... More diamonds and it has two rubyOne of the most valuable gemstones on earth. From the corundum family, the red variety being ruby and the blue, sapphire. With the exception of the diamond, corundum is the hardest of the gemstones on the Mohs scale scoring a 9. MorecabochonA polished, not faceted, dome shaped stone - either round or oval with a flat polished base, primarily used as a cut for phenomenal stones such as cat's eyes and stars. More eyes. The snake motif in antiqueFrom the Latin 'antiquus', meaning 'old and long in existence', it is generally used to refer to collectible artifacts of at least 100 years of age. More jewellery represented “Eternal love and wisdom”. It is an impressive and rare example of a VictorianJewellery made in the the Victorian era (1839-1901). More Snake tie pin. All our tie pins come with a stopper at the end of the pin.
If, like us, you yearn for the days when sharp suits and debonair masculinity were de rigeur, then tie pins (also known as stickpins) - with their understated, nostalgic elegance - are the ultimate gentleman's accessory.
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