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'Round and 'Round We Go: Circle Pins in Costume Jewelry

Posted by Laurie Zeiden on

A circle is a simple, familiar geometric shape. Symbolically circles represent endless love, eternity, infinite energy, and even the Divine. 

Circle pins were especially popular in the 1950s and 60s. Usually worn on a cardigan sweater, there were a number of meanings attached to them. Wearing one might mean you've been "pinned" or "going steady." Add a pearl to it and the meaning becomes "true love." A circle pin with a bow symbolized "we're tying the knot." 

The circle a classic design motif in jewelry with thousands of examples. I don't have thousands, but as you scroll through, you'll see quite a few examples.

SIMPLE CIRCLES


Hemming, Canada

   
Silver and Enamel Pin, Aksel Holmsen (left) and F.A. Hermann (right)


Park Lane Pin


David Andersen


Unsigned Pin


Unsigned Silver and Enamel Pin


Aksel Holmsen Silver and Enamel Pin


Silver Pin


Trifari Enamel Pin

RHINESTONE CIRCLES


Unsigned Pin


Karu Pin


Reja Set


Unsigned Pin


Unsigned Pin


Pin from Austria


Unsigned Pin

ORNATE and ADORNED CIRCLES


Acorn and Leaf Circle Pin


Miriam Haskell Pin


Enamel Pin


Mother-of-Pearl Pin


Opaque Glass with Rhinestone Accents Pin


Jeanne Circle Pin


Jomaz Circle Pin


Sarah Coventry Pin


Pin Marked Canada


Compass Point Designed Circle Pin

   
   

Five Circle Pins by Krementz


Beau Sterling Silver Cat Circle Pin


Unsigned Pin

   
Beau Sterling Silver Pins

   
Floral Circle Pins


Circle Pin with Rhinestone Bird


Georg Jensen Silver Pin


Unsigned Pin


Paye & Baker Silver and Enamel Pin


Coro Pin


White Gold and Pearls Pin


Pennino Pin


Trifari Pin


Trifari Pin


Unsigned Pin


Unsigned Pin

   
Unsigned Circle Pins with Bows

DOUBLE and TRIPLE CIRCLES


Overlapping Circle Pin with Milk White and Aurora Borealis Stones


Pin by Wells


Unsigned Patriotic Pin


Circle Pin and Earrings Set


N.E. From Silver and Rose Quartz Circle Pin


Malachite and Silver Double Circle Pin


Garnets Pin


Unsigned Pin with Subtle Texture

CIRCLE PINS with a TWIST

   
   
Four Silver and Enamel Pins by Volmer Bahner


Banded Agate and Gold Pin with Cross at the Center


Dior Knotted Double Circle Pin


Scandinavian Silver Ouroboros Pin

ALMOST CIRCLE PINS


Lenore Doskow Silver Pin


Elvik Enamel and Silver Pin


Margot de Taxco Silver Pin


Silver Pin from Sweden


Kirks Folly "Dancing in a Circle" Pin


Hope you enjoyed the photos. To see what's available at World of Eccentricity & Charm, just click here.

Oh, and for an added treat, enjoy Telephone Hour from Bye Bye Birdie in this youtube video:


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