Victorian Sterling 3-Dimensional Micro Mosaic Scarab Pendant
During the 19th century the discoveries of ancient archaeological finds influenced and brought on what is referred to as “archaeological revival jewelry”. The initial Egyptian Revival period flourished from the 1820's and was inspired by ancient Egyptian imagery such as the scarab beetle. It became extremely popular continuing well into the 1920s. A fabulous and unusual micro mosaic scarab pendant from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Tiny tiles with vivid colors of glass have been hand set into the raised image of a scarab beetle which sits at the center of this piece. The lovely scarab beetle has varying shades of blue, black, gold and red and amazing details. The beetle rests on a circular bed of white mosaic tiles with a lovely intricate border of red, white and blue triangles. The arms, legs, antennae and wings of the beetle are also incorporated into the white background. The pendant is set in a sterling silver oval bezel setting. The 3-dimensional design of the beetle and the sterling silver setting makes this piece very unusual and wonderful. A silver bail rests at the top of the pendant. A simply magnificent piece from the Victorian era!
Measurements: The micro mosaic pendant has an approximate width of a little less than 1", a length of 1 1/4", and a depth of 1/3". The silver bail has a width of 1/8" and a length of 1/4".
Condition: The overall condition of the pendant is excellent. There are a couple small chips and cracks in the mosaic design however this does not at all take away from the beauty of the piece. There are some small dents on the side of the sterling setting which are not apparent when worn.