Antique Moonstone beetle brooch, Ruby, Diamond and Garnet, 15ct gold, boxed

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A gorgeous antique, late Victorian 15ct gold beetle brooch.

The insect is crafted from 15ct and silver and has a diamond set carapace with a garnet at the end.

The centre is set with a beautiful Moonstone cabochon and the head is set with Ruby eyes.

Set into 15ct yellow gold and silver and mounted onto a 15ct gold bar brooch, could also be used as a tie or cravat pin.

The Victorian's began somewhat of an obsession with insect themed jewels from scarabs to spiders, entomology was increasingly popular with insects appearing in many places not least jewellery.

They were seen as an exotic fashion and this carried on into the early 20th century.

No marks tests as 15ct.

It has a base metal pin and a c type clasp.

It comes in a gorgeous original antique jewellery box and would make a wonderful gift.

Condition:
Good condition overall, light patina and surface wear commensurate with age, box has some wear to the silk.

Approx measurements:
2" total width
0.75" beetle width
0.5" length
Weight approx 3.78 grams