Victorian 18kt Essex Reverse Carved Crystal Bumblebee Pin
Reverse carved crystal was a technique created by cutting pieces of rock quartz crystal into a convex form and then polishing it into a cabochon shape. An image is carved into the flat side of the crystal and then hand painted. From the front, the image appears to be almost three dimensional. Many different images were used in reverse carved crystal jewelry and artwork, but animals were some of the most common motifs.
This reverse carved crystal pin from the Victorian (ca1880) era is a wonderful example of this beautiful craft! The Essex crystal cabochon rests on a shimmery mother of pearl background, and is bezel set within an 18kt yellow gold frame. The image inside is incredibly artistic, depicting the body of a charming bumblebee with delicate open wings and intricate hand-painted detail throughout portrays its black and yellow striped fur, six textured legs, pointed antennae, and delicate veined wings. Surrounding the bezel set Essex crystal is a wide gold frame that has been etched with vertical lines, creating a fabulous textured design and on the back is a secure pin clasp. A fantastic collector's piece, it would be perfect for the bumblebee or Essex crystal lover!
Measurements: The pin measures approximately 1" in diameter and is about 3/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the pin is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or to the reverse carved crystal and hand painted image. The pin clasp is secure and in good working condition.