The Victorians were great fans of novelty jewelry. Ornaments of curiosity were designed with consideration for beauty and color, but also with the intent to amuse and delight the wearer. Such eccentric styles include mounted hummingbird heads, tiny golden renderings of mice, and bejeweled flies, just to name a few. This 19th century brooch would have been classed as a “Cleopatra ornament,” though it bears little relation to the jewels of Ancient Egypt, and in fact, the beetle was most likely imported from South America. The beetle sits between two base metal bird wings—strange and unusual (in the best possible way).
1837 — 1901
please note:Terms of Sale
Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.
Discoveries in Ancient Egypt captivated the West’s imagination and inspired a wild period of exciting design.