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Peace Dove pin, designer Cecile et Jeanne, France; photographer John Bigelow Taylor.
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Collections Pins

Pins Shown from Left to Right

  • Title Feather

    Date circa 1940

    Designer Unknown, USA

    Materials 14kt Yellow Gold, Rubies

    Size 2.4" x 1"
    (6.1cm x 2.5cm)

  • Title Wrapping Up Bow

    Date circa 1990

    Designer Unknown, Russia

    Materials 14kt Yellow, Pink, and White Gold, Crystals

    Size 2" x 0.7"
    (5.1cm x 1.8cm)

  • Title Poppy

    Date 1959

    Designer Verdura, USA

    Materials 18kt Yellow Gold, Platinum, Diamonds, Sapphire Cabochons

    Size 2.6" x 1.7"
    (6.6cm x 4.3cm)

  • Title Victory Knot

    Date 2008

    Designer Verdura, USA

    Materials 18kt Yellow Gold Wire Rope

    Size 2.1" x 1.5"
    (5.3cm x 3.8cm)

  • Title Violets

    Date circa 1965

    Designer Unknown, USA

    Materials 14kt Yellow Gold, Amethyst, Diamonds, Nephrite Jade

    Size 1.75" x 1.25"
    (4.4cm x 3.2cm)

Title: French Urn
Date: circa 1900
Designer: Unknown, France
Materials: Silver, Glass, Crystals, Simulated Lapis Lazuli, Resin
Size: 4.9″ x 1.2″ (12.5 cm x 3 cm)
Title: Knot of Hercules
Date: circa 1970
Designer: Ilias Lalaounis, Greece
Materials: 18kt Yellow Gold
Size: 2.8″ x 0.6″ (7.1 cm x 1.6 cm)
Title: Madam Secretary
Date: 2003
Designer: Unknown, GF1W, USA
Materials: Sterling Silver
Size: 2″ x 1.3″ (5 cm x 3.4 cm)

Title: Fountain Pen
Date: 1998
Designer: © Carolee, USA
Materials: Rhodium-Plated Base Metal, Rhinestones
Size: 3.3″ x 0.3″ (8.5 cm x 0.9 cm)
Title: Meli Melo
Date: 2001
Designer: © Cartier, France
Materials: 18kt White Gold, Chalcedony and Moonstone Cabochons, Pink Tourmalines, Cordierites, Aquamarines, Diamonds, Mandarin Garnets
Size: 1.9″ x 1.9″ (4.8 cm x 4.8 cm)

A Collector of Pins

As a young wife and mother, Albright received an occasional gift of jewelry but rarely shopped for jewelry herself. Women of the era were expected to get their finery from older relatives or from men. The Feather pin, the Violets, and the Poppy were among the pieces that came to her as gifts. In the 1980s, as an independent woman, Albright began selecting her own jewelry. She discovered the antique French Urn pin at the Tiny Jewel Box, a Washington boutique.