Circular Pins – How Wearing One Had Special Meaning In The 1950s
The circle pin is a classic piece of jewelry that was particularly popular in the 1950s and 1960s and was often worn on a cardigan or blouse. Apparently, there were different stories about the pins and their meaning. They were said to have different meanings depending on the style of the pin and where it was worn. Here are some examples of what it might mean to wear a circular pin in the 50’s and how they were used.
“Circular brooches mean you are a virgin.” The story is that this type of pin was given by a boy to a girl in the 1950s to show that they were dating. It was also a symbol of one’s virginity status. Supposedly, once the writing was done, the pin could not be used again. Some sources say that if the pin was used on the left side, it meant you hadn’t “done” it yet. After that I would change the pin to the right side. The musical Grease has a famous part involving the iconic pin: In one scene, Frenchie uses a “virgin” pin to pierce Sandy’s ear.
“The circular pins symbolize eternal love.” The round shape symbolizes eternity. Wearing a circular pin was a way to “lock in” and show that you are very stable without The Ring. A pin with a pearl signified true love. Other gems and sparkling additions on a pin would have often made up personal meanings on the part of high school lovebirds. For example, a pin with a bow could mean “we are getting married.”
“For friendship.” The girls traded matching pins to show friendship. Sometimes if they were all in the same sorority, club, or school group, all the girls would wear matching pins to show membership and belonging.
“The circular brooches are scarf holders.” Some people say that round pins were originally designed as holders to help keep a scarf neat and in perfect position. It really works great and looks really cool! When you pass one end of a see-through scarf through the center of the pin and then fasten the pin, it will help hold the scarf in place and complete the look. This really makes sense as see-through scarves can be very slippery.
Do you attach meanings to your circular pins? Whether they’re nostalgic for you or just getting on the trend, they’re a great accessory with a cute and cheesy past. Vintage pins are the perfect little gift to give to the one you love.