Late Victorian Tiger's Eye, Pearl & Ruby Bug Pin
A simply wonderful seed pearl and tiger's eye bug pin from the late Victorian (ca1900) era! The piece, which depicts a large winged bug, has a body made of tiger's eye stone which is set in sterling silver. The bug has wide open wings that are encrusted with 14 natural seed pearls in each. Ornate, curled antennae sprout out of the top of the head along with 2 small cabochon rubies as eyes. The antennae are each detailed with a single small seed pearl. It has 6 sterling bent legs that peek out from the underside of the bug. The pin has a wonderful 3-dimensional look with lovely detail throughout. On the back is a secure pin clasp. It's a lovely piece and would make a great addition to any collection!
Measurements: The pin measures approximately 1 1/4" wide, a little more than 1 1/2" tall and a little more than 1/2" in depth.
Condition: The overall condition of the pin is excellent. There is no apparent damage to the sterling silver or to the large tiger's eye stones. All of the pearls and rubies are intact and the pin clasp is secure and in good working condition.