Wow. New shawl pins arrived last week, and are they ever spectacular! Some are abalone with an amazing multi-colored effect. Others are subtler, black mother of pearl. Absolutely exquisite. We also got some that are hand-carved in ebony, teak, and rosewood - also beautiful in a more earthy kind of way. There are circles, ovals, squares, and a loop thing that is really interesting. Each pin comes with a hand-carved ebony stick which makes a great pin all by itself. The artist I ordered them from was too funny - he kept telling me what I should order and what would make a nice assortment.
I also ordered some pewter pins and sticks from Annie Adams, another talented jewelry designer. annie is a native of Connecticut who now lives in Buffalo where she designs and hand carves each piece. The designs are cast in solid pewter by a metal smith in Connecticut. My favorite are these with the Celtic design on the ring and the stick, but we also have some that are lovely and simple - ovals and diamonds. Very elegant.