This stunning 6" hat pin gets its inspiration from a 19th-century Worth, French court gown in black velvet. It is comprised of alternating tiers of shimmering Swarovski crystals, vintage style Czech ebony & gold glass and is accented with bright gold findings. A truly a show-stopping piece of jewelry - to display on a dressing table or your favorite hat. It is sumptuous in the hand - regal and feminine to the eye. Light dances off of each facet in the crystal beads, and the exquisite, dramatic contrast of the ebony against the crystals is mesmerizing. Each hat pin arrives in a specially designed gift box. These pins are a perfect gift for someone special - each unique and evoking the romance of a bygone era. The use of hat pins goes back to the Middle Ages - women used them to secure their veils and hair into place. By the early 1900's jewelers such as Tiffany's were making some of the highest quality - and these ranged in length from 6-12" long. During the Suffragette movement in England, men feared the pins might be used as weapons - and Suffragette's appearing in court were ordered to remove their hats and pins. By the start of WWII, with women moving into the workforce, hat wearing became a thing of the past and the need for pins diminished as well. Today, hat pins are collected and treasured for their aesthetic beauty and vintage appeal.