Throughout the 1760s and 1770s Martha Washington amassed a large set of garnet jewelry for herself and her daughter, Martha Parke Custis. The assortment of necklaces, earrings, hair pins, rings, and shoe buckles must have been much admired as they were worn well after their initial purchase. Some of this jewelry was re-fashioned to reflect changing styles: for example, the head of the stick pin is believed to have originally served as an element of a pair of Martha Washington's earrings.


Stick pin made from eight garnets set in gold washed silver arranged in a flower cluster atop a long gold stick pin; each gem is backed with silver foil in a closed setting.

B: Purple velvet jewelry box with ivory velvet and satin interior. Box is for W-1874 A-649


c. 1759-1772



Garnet, silver


Overall: 2 15/16 in. x 5/8 in. x 3/16 in. (7.47 cm x 1.6 cm x 0.48 cm)

Credit Line

Bequest of John Parke Custis Upshur, 1952

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