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. These c. 1880 buggy-eyed scarab pendant (formerly a stickpin) would have been classed a "Cleopatra ornament" at the time it was made, though it bears little relation to the jewels of Ancient Egypt, and in fact, the beetles were most likely imported from South America.
14k gold (tests), beetle, new 14k gold chain
Very good - converted from a stickpin into a pendant
5/8" length including the bale, 18" chain
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1837 — 1901
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