Victorian Sterling/14kt Carved Coral + Diamond "Dionysus" Stick Pin
A gorgeous and unusual coral stick pin from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This fabulous hand carved coral piece portrays the theatric face of the Greek god, Dionysus resting on the top of a sterling silver stick pin. Dionysus is the god of the grape-harvest, winemaking and wine, fertility, ritual madness, religious ecstasy and theatre in ancient Greek religion and myth. His expressive face features incredible details, including round cheeks, a prominent nose and textured beard, along with grapes and leaves draped upon his head. A pair of Rose Cut diamonds set in 14kt yellow gold represent each eye and textured silver teeth are riveted from behind, inlaid into the front surface, each providing a lovely shimmer against the wonderful salmon colored coral. Finishing the design is a removable gold cap that attaches to the end of the stick pin which acts as a safety mechanism. This is an exceptional and unusual piece and would make a wonderful addition to any collection!
Measurements: The stick pin measures 2 1/2" long. Dionysus's face measures a little under 5/8" wide and about 3/4" long and is approximately 1/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the stick pin is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold and sliver settings or carved coral, which is free of chips or scratches. The diamonds are secure and intact and the stick pin cap is in good working order.