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Victorian Garnet Beetle Brooch


An elongated garnet is the beetle's body, but the real artwork is his thorax, abdomen, antennae and legs - all are naturalistically rendered in 14k gold. The 1880s were a time of intense interest in the natural sciences; Darwin's theories were reverberating throughout the Western world. Even the tiniest creatures were examined and collected (and bejeweled!) with reverential wonder.


  • Materials

    14k gold (tests), 17mm x 8.5mm garnet cabochon (measured from visible gem)

  • Age

    c. 1880

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    1" x 3/8"

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