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. It became extremely popular continuing well into the 1920s.
A fabulous Italian micro mosaic scarab pendant/locket from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Tiny tiles with vivid colors of glass have been hand set into the raised image of a scarab beetle, which sits at the center of this piece. The lovely scarab beetle has varying shades of blue, green, black, gold and red, with amazing detail. The arms, legs, antennae and wings of the beetle are also incorporated into the background, which is a circular bed of white mosaic tiles. The pendant is set in an 18kt yellow gold oval bezel setting. The beetle has a wonderful 3-dimensional design which is bordered by a twisted gold wirework border and the back reveals a glass-covered spot for a favorite photograph. The entire piece hangs from a simple gold bail. This is truly a magnificent piece from the Victorian era!
Measurements: The micro mosaic pendant/locket hangs 1 7/8” long, is 1 1/8” wide, and slightly more than 1/4” thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the pendant is excellent. There are a couple small chips in the mosaic design however this does not at all take away from the beauty of the piece. There are some small dents on the side of the gold setting, which are not noticeable when worn.