Reverse carved crystal was a technique created by cutting pieces of rock quartz crystal into a convex form and then polishing it into a cabochon shape. An image is carved into the flat side of the crystal and then hand painted. From the front, the picture appears to be almost three-dimensional. Many different images were used in reverse carved crystal jewelry and artwork but animals were some of the most common used. A fantastic and unusual gold stickpin from the late Victorian (ca1900) era!
This beautiful piece is oval in shape and made of 14kt yellow gold. The pin features a hand painted football player within a reverse carved crystal on a mother of pearl background. Highly detailed, the football player is in a burnt orange jersey with matching socks, brown shorts, black shoes, and is carrying a football! The crystal is bezel set in a 14kt yellow gold mounting, which is stamped “14Y” on its underside. This stunning pin would look beautiful worn on a blouse or blazer, either alone or paired with other pins!
Measurements: The stickpin measures a little more than 2 5/8" in total length; the rock quartz crystal top measures a little more than 1/2" long, 3/8" wide and 1/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the stickpin is excellent. Besides normal wear, there is no serious damage to the rock quartz crystal or to the gold setting.