Victorian Sterling Tiger's Eye & Seed Pearl Beetle Pin
A simply wonderful tiger's eye bug pin from the Victorian (ca1880) era! The sterling silver piece depicts a large insect, which has a body made of carved tiger's eye stone. Delicate natural seed pearls line the top of its body, and two ruby cabochon stones represent its eyes. Curved antennae and six bent wire legs peak out from the sides of the beetle, completing the 3-dimensional design. Resting on the back of the piece is a secure pin clasp, allowing the brooch to fasten to a favorite garment. It's a lovely example of Victorian insect-inspired jewelry, perfect for the collector!
Measurements: The pin measures approximately 1 5/8" long, 3/4" wide, and 3/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the pin is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling silver setting or to the pin clasp, which fastens securely and is in good working condition. The carved tiger's eye stone is free of chips or surface scratches, and the ruby cabochons and seed pearls are all intact. There is a natural patina on the surface of the setting that gives a darkened appearance to the silver. This is normal for antique jewelry and adds to its unique character.