Victorian 15kt/Silver Garnet & Rose Cut Diamond Bug Pin
A wonderful gemstone beetle pin from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This detailed piece is made of silver-topped 15kt gold (indicating English origin) and has a 3-dimensional design. Two luscious, deep red garnets form the lower half of its body, while the upper half is encrusted with rows of sparkling old Rose Cut diamonds. A row of diamonds trails down the center of its back, and delicate rubies represent each of its eyes. Two curled antennae sprout out of the top of the head, and several bent gold legs peek out from the underside of the insect's body. On the underside of the piece is a secure bar pin with a c-catch clasp. This delightful piece is a wonderful example of Victorian era insect-inspired jewelry. It would make a special addition to any antique collection!
Measurements: The bug pin measures approximately 1 1/2" long, 3/4" wide, and 3/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the pin is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the silver-topped gold setting. The garnets, diamonds, and rubies are all intact and securely set. There is a small chip in one of the tiny cabochon stones depicting the bug's eyes, which is not noticeable when worn, and does not detract from the overall beauty of the piece. The pin clasp is secure and in good working condition. There is a natural patina on the surface of the setting, which is a normal characteristic of antique jewelry.