Victorian 18kt Sapphire, Diamond, Pearl & Ruby Bug Pin
An absolutely gorgeous multi-stone bug pin from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This incredible piece is made of 18kt yellow gold and depicts an open winged bug. The pin, which is fairly large in size has a body represented by a closed back bezel set sapphire stone, which has a beautiful blue color and a total weight of approximately 3ct. A natural pearl represents the bug's head, and two small cabochon rubies represent its eyes. At each side of the bug's body are two wide open wings that are topped in sterling and encrusted with 36 old Rose Cut diamonds, weighing approximately .80ctw. Surrounding the bug are 6 bent legs that peek out from underneath and 2 gold antennae curve out from either side of a single diamond resting between its ruby eyes. The pin has a wonderful 3-dimensional look with incredible detail throughout. The underside of the piece reveals a secure c-catch pin clasp which can be removed. It's a wonderful piece and would make a beautiful addition to any collection!
Measurements: The pin measures 1 1/2" wide, is 1" tall and has a depth of approximately 1/4".
Condition: The overall condition of the piece is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold and sterling setting and all of the stones are intact. The pin clasp are secure and in good working condition.