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 insects, just to name a few. This c. 1880 English brooch would have been classed as a "Cleopatra ornament", though it bears little relation to the jewels of Ancient Egypt. This brooch features a (real) beetle with gold legs perched on top of a flowering branch.
10k gold (tests), red and white enamel, beetle
Good - a lot of the beetle's iridescence has worn away
1837 — 1901
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