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Partly inspired by the Ancient Egyptians and in part by a renewed love of nature and the countryside in light of rapid urbanization, natural motifs like insects were seen as genteel, nurturing, and virtuous.

It was in the 1860s that Victorian women first began to wear beetles and other insect motifs on their clothes and accessories, with parasols, hats, and shawls often featuring insects, as well as bracelets, earrings, and rings.

A very sweet brooch with a sword that slices a textured bit of "tree bark" in yellow gold filled with a paste buggy.


Materials and Features: gold-filled, paste ruby 

Age/Origin: Victorian, c. 1860

Measurements: 6.1 grams, 2.75” length, 1.75” height

Condition: Excellent condition. Minor age-related wear. 

Please view and inspect any photos closely. We endeavor to fully disclose all condition information clearly and concisely, however, please note that what qualifies as excellent condition for historical jewelry differs from modern and contemporary pieces; please take the age of the piece into account when examining the piece. Minor age wear is typical and to be expected for antique and vintage jewelry. Unless otherwise stated, gemstones have not been officially graded for color, clarity, or treatment by GIA; any information provided is our own educated, professional assessment.

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