Art Deco Halley’s Comet Brooch

halley's Comet Brooch

Here’s a pin I found a couple of weeks ago at the St. Lawrence Market. I believe it is an example of what is called a Halley’s Comet brooch. It’s basically a catch-all term for a piece of jewellery with a round “fireball” element plus a long “tail” section.

Halley’s comet came within view from the earth in 1910, and this piece looks to be from the 1920s or 30s. But the Pons-Winnecke, a much bigger comet passed by in 1921, so maybe it ignited another wave of cometmania. Why is it called Halley’s Comet jewelry? Probably because it most famous of these heavenly bodies.