Late Victorian Gold Filled Real Beetle & Citrine Pendant
During the 19th century the discoveries of ancient archaeological finds influenced and brought on what is referred to as “archaeological revival jewelry”. The initial Egyptian Revival period flourished from the 1820's and was inspired by ancient Egyptian imagery such as the scarab beetle.
A very unique beetle and citrine pendant from the late Victorian (ca1900) era! This gorgeous piece depicts a cross-like shape which has 4 beetles in each corner and a cabochon citrine stone at the center. The bugs, which were once alive, are prong set with a twisted wirework frame. The citrine center is fairly large in size and completes the piece perfectly. The large pendant hangs from a simple gold filled bail and has a closed back. Each scarab bug has gorgeous coloring, with hues of iridescent green, blue and brown. It’s a lovely pendant that would make a fantastic addition to any collection!
Measurements: The pendant hangs a little more than 2 1/8" long, a little more than 1 1/2" wide and slightly more than 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the set is excellent. Besides normal surface war, there is no apparent damage to the gold filled setting or to any of the scarab bugs or citrine.