Victorian 18kt/Sterling Natural Burma Ruby Diamond Fly Stick Pin/Pendant
An incredible stick pin/pendant from the Victorian (ca1880s) era! Crafted in 18kt yellow gold and topped in sterling silver, this detailed fly boasts an approximate 1.25ctw natural Burma ruby set within its abdomen. Approximately 0.50ctw of glittering old Mine Cut diamonds adorn the fly's sterling-topped wings while two vibrant gemstones portray its eyes. Gold wirework curls around the underside to form 6 bent legs that peek out from beneath its body, perfectly completing the realistic 3-dimensional design. The insect attaches to the end of an 18kt gold stickpin with a spiral detail and unscrews, allowing it to be fully removed and worn as a pendant! A simple gold bail hides underneath the fly's head, ready to hang from a favorite chain. This fly is a wonderful example of Victorian-era art, and would be a wonderful addition to any Victorian collection!
Measurements: The fly itself measures approximately 7/8" tall, nearly 7/8" wide, and 3/8" deep. The gold stickpin measures about 2 1/2" long and is 1.5mm at its thickest point.
Condition: The fly stick pin/pendant is in overall excellent condition. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the 18kt and sterling-topped setting. All of the gemstones are intact and securely set, however, it does appear that one of the ruby eyes has been previously replaced, possibly with a red garnet, as the color and cut are not identical. This slight difference is very minor and not noticeable when worn, nor does it detract from the integrity and overall beauty of the piece. The stick pin is in good condition and screws securely to the fly. The pendant bail is secure and in good working condition.