Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Ruby stick pin

Good new rubies are very hard to find. But this is one from Burma: it is a good clean claret colour, nicely cut, has no visible internal flaws ('inclusions') and is around half a carat in weight; neatly set in 18 carat gold, it is easily my favourite pin. It is true that it has been heat-treated to improve the colour but most of them have.


  1. I have to ask, having never been one for tie pins, do they damage the silk of the tie? Or does the fabric recover? Or is it a case of living with it as one does with the small holes that the collar pin makes?

  2. Avoid wearing pins in foulard ties as you will snag them. They are fine in woven ties. With a knitted tie, a hunting safety pin is the best choice. Try to avoid tie clips and slides.