Victorian Large Sterling Onyx + Micro Mosaic Scarab Beetle Pendant
During the 19th century, the discoveries of ancient archaeological finds influenced and brought on what is referred to as "archaeological revival jewelry," or "Egyptian revival jewelry." The initial Egyptian Revival period flourished from the 1820s and became extremely popular, continuing well into the 1920s. The style was inspired by ancient Egyptian imagery, such as the scarab beetle, sphinxes, pharaohs, and hieroglyphics.
An incredible micro mosaic scarab pendant from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This piece, which is particularly large in size, is adorned with an exceptional micro mosaic design resting at the center of a carved onyx background. The raised image features tiny tiles of vivid colored glass that have been hand set to form an ornate scarab beetle motif. The lovely beetle displays an incredible variety of matte and iridescent shades, including vivid green, yellow, orange, gold, and red hues. The insect rests on a bed of white mosaic tiles lined with a sea foam blue border, allowing the colorful image to come to life. The pendant is surrounded by a silver sterling bezel featuring a twisted rope design, which wraps around the onyx border. The open back exposes the onyx stone, and a fluted bail rests at the top, perfect for hanging from your favorite chain. A wonderful example of Egyptian Revival jewelry from the Victorian era, this pendant blend perfectly into modern day fashion!
Measurements: The pendant hangs approximately 2 1/8" long (including the bail at the top), and measures about 1 3/8" wide and is a little more than 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the pendant is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling setting. All of the tiles on the mosaic design appear to be intact and secure. The bail is secure and in good working order.