Review: Pirate Pendants

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Pirate Jewelry by Peter Stone

Pirate Jewelry has one of the largest selections of sterling adornments for the fashion-conscience scaliwag I’ve seen to date. Their items range in style from tribal to gothic and from symbolic to traditional. And whatever your chosen style, they frequently have a number of subtley (and not so subtley) different options for you.

In their catalogue Pirate Jewelry offers a number of spanish coin styles. The one I chose has four colored inlays set around it like the directions of a compass, giving it a nice decorative flair. The pendant itself is single-sided, being a textured surface on the reverse. The front, however, is both beautiful and striking. Imperfectly round, it gives the impression of sunken treasure. The great thing about wearing a doubloon is that it can convey your pirateyness without intimidating your granny (as a skull and crossbones might), so this is definitely a worthy piece of jewelry. It’s a might on the thin side, but solid and with a welded bezel for strength. Continue reading

Review: Pirate Ring and Pendant

Rating: ★★★½☆
Celtic Jackalope

Knights get to sport fancy jewelry featuring coats of arms, so why not pirates? Celtic Jackalope has just released its “Dead Men Tell No Tales” series – a sterling pendant and ring, both featuring a skull and crossed cutlasses against a shield-like background with scrolled edges. Wear one or wear both, either way everyone you meet will have no doubt that you’ve thrown your lot in with cut-throats, scalliwags, and scoundrels (which might make this the wrong jewelry to wear at the next Coast Guard Ball.)

Both pieces are very well made, and the image to the left surely tells you as much as any review ever could. However, some comments bear mention: Continue reading

Review: Pirate Medallion

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Celtic Jackalope

The devil is in the details – and nothing completes the details of a fine pirate ensemble like a piece or two of choice pirate jewelry.

Celtic Jackalope’s Pirate Medallion is a lovely sterling coin a slight bit larger than a quarter. A la Pirates of the Caribbean, an empty-eyed skull stares outward from an Aztec-compass pattern, warning friend and foe alike that you’re not to be trifled with. Identical and fully-detailed on both sides, the surface is a wonderful mix between polished and roughed (shinier than the picture implies), which makes the imagery all the more striking. The coin itself is thick enough to remain solid, yet thin and lightweight enough that you could easily make it a part of your daily-wear without feeling like you have a coaster hanging from your neck. The bale, imprinted on one side with a skull & crossed swords image, is sturdy and appears to be welded. I’ve owned jewelry in the past where the bale would bend open, resulting in the whole affair falling off its chain. There’s no such danger with this piece – it will surely cling to your throat like grim death.

If you’ve been searching for a cursed Aztec coin to call your own, then Celtic Jackalope’s Pirate Medallion is a fine choice, indeed. It’s shiny, solid, and oh-so-piratey.