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

Pins Shown from Left to Right

  • Title Fraternity Pin

    Date 1957

    Designer Theta Delta Xi Fraternity, USA

    Materials 10kt Yellow Gold, Diamonds, Enamel, Seed Pearls

    Size 0.7" x 0.6"
    (1.8cm x 1.5cm)

  • Title Alumnae Leaf

    Date 1992

    Designer Wellesley College, USA

    Materials 14kt Yellow Gold

    Size 2.1" x 1.2"
    (5.3cm x 3cm)

  • Title Circle Pin

    Date 1954

    Designer Designer Unknown, USA

    Materials 14kt Yellow Gold, Enamel

    Size 0.6" x 0.6"
    (1.5cm x 1.5cm)

  • Title Sheaf of Wheat

    Date 1987

    Designer © Tiffany and Co., USA

    Materials 18kt Yellow Gold, Platinum, Diamonds

    Size 2.8" x 1.3"
    (7.1cm x 3.3cm)

Title: Bohemian Garnet Set
Date: circa 1860
Designer: Designer Unknown, Bohemia
Materials: 10kt Rose Gold, Garnets
Size: Necklace: 16.2″ (41.1 cm); Bracelet: 7.75″ (20 cm); Pin/Pendant: 1.5″ x 1.5″ (3.8 cm x 3.8 cm); Earrings: 0.5″ (1.3 cm)
Title: Jade Dragon
Date: circa 1950
Designer: Unknown, USA
Materials: 14kt Yellow Gold, Jadeite
Size: 2.6″ x 0.7″ (6.5 cm x 1.9 cm)
Title: Mandula Korbel’s Sapphire
Date: circa 1945
Designer: Unknown, Czechoslovakia
Materials: 14kt Pink Gold, Sapphire, Diamonds
Size: 2.6″ x 1.3″ (6.6 cm x 3.4 cm)
Title: Mandula Korbel’s Three Gold Circles
Date: circa 1935
Designer: Unknown, Czechoslovakia
Materials: 18kt Yellow Gold
Size: 1.7″ x 0.9″ (4.2 cm x 2.2 cm)
Title: Tito’s Ring
Date: circa 1946
Designer: Unknown, Yugoslavia
Materials: 14kt White Gold, Emerald, Diamonds
Size: 0.8″ x 0.6″ (2.0 cm x 1.5 cm)

Albright’s First Pins

Long before Albright became a diplomat, she learned to appreciate jewelry as a means of connecting one family generation to another. Among her favorite treasures are a ring worn by her mother and a Bohemian garnet set received as a wedding present from her parents. Her parents also gave her “Tito’s ring,” originally a gift from Yugoslav dictator Marshal Tito. Albright’s father had served as the Ambassador from Czechoslovakia to Yugoslavia shortly after World War II. When first shown the ring, he commented, “I wonder whose finger they cut off to get this.” Albright finally wore the ring when she was among those representing the United States at Tito’s 1980 funeral in Belgrade.

Other pieces associated with her early years include a circle pin that she wore while a student, her future husband’s fraternity pin, a jade dragon from his grandmother, and an alumnae leaf from Wellesley College. The Sheaf of Wheat, a symbol of abundance and health, was given to her upon her return to Georgetown University after serving as Secretary of State.

Albright’s high school photo, 1955, wearing her mother’s ring. Photo Credit: Collection of Madeleine Albright.

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