Sailboat Pin Aqua Blue Baguette Rhinestone Brooch 1950s Vintage Jewelry
If you are an old sailboat bum like me, you might know that finding exceptional pieces of sailboat jewelry is not an easy task. There is a reason why they are not easy to find, which I will elaborate on in the last paragraph.
This sailboat is a gleaming rhinestone sensation from the late 1950s or early 1960s. The pin is polished silver rhodium and is completely paved with clear rhinestone chatons, except for the bottom of the hull. It is the aqua blue rhinestone baguettes set along the main mast that instills the color of the ocean or sky. The boat is completed with a flying flag.
This brooch is not large or ostentatious and is a perfect medium size at 2" tall x 1 1/2" wide. The entire piece is in pristine condition and has obviously never been worn. All of the rhinestones are original, present, and dazzling. All of the rhodium is perfect as well. The brooch has the original fine working safety clasp and is not signed.
Im rather certain it was made in the USA. Why are great sailboat pins so hard to find ? Mainly, because not many were ever made. Nautical jewelry was not on the A list of any US jewelry designer for many decades but for a brief time in the late 1950s and early to mid 1960s, nautical jewelry was popular for a short time.
Why was is popular? It falls in line with the same time when the average person could afford to buy a luxury boat, join the yacht club and become part of the boat cruising crowd! I also think Ernest Hemingway and JFK also had a little bit to do with it...