Victorian 15kt Cat's Eye Chrysoberyl & Diamond Bug Pin
A wonderful chrysoberyl bug pin from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This charming piece has an artistic insect motif that is crafted in 15kt gold with gemstone accents. A polished cat's eye chrysoberyl cabochon represents the bug's body, held within a raised bezel setting. The stone has a wonderful pearly green color, emitting an iridescent flash that forms the "cat's eye" at the center. The insect's pointed wings are lined with sparkling rose cut diamonds, and two luscious ruby cabochons represent each of its eyes. Four bent legs and two antennae peek out from the sides of the bug, completing the 3-dimensional design. The insect is riveted atop an oval base, which has a slightly concave surface. Attached to the back is a secure pin clasp, perfect for fastening the brooch to a favorite garment. This antique piece would make a special addition to any Victorian jewelry collection!
Measurements: The pin measures 7/8" long, 3/4" wide, and 3/8" thick.
Condition: The pin is in very good antique condition. There are minor signs of normal surface wear commensurate with age, but there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or to the gemstones, all of which are intact. The pin clasp is secure and in good working condition. A natural patina on the gold surface adds additional character and depth to the antique piece.