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Victorian Beetle Stickpin

About Details
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 stickpin would have been classed as a "Cleopatra ornament", though it bears little relation to the jewels of Ancient Egypt. This 14k gold stickpin features a (real) beetle with legs and pincers rendered in gold. 

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  • Materials: tests as 14k gold, beetle
  • Age: c. 1880
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Size: 2.75" total length, 1/2 x 1/4" beetle
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About Details
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 stickpin would have been classed as a "Cleopatra ornament", though it bears little relation to the jewels of Ancient Egypt. This 14k gold stickpin features a (real) beetle with legs and pincers rendered in gold. 

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  • Materials: tests as 14k gold, beetle
  • Age: c. 1880
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Size: 2.75" total length, 1/2 x 1/4" beetle
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