- Real Beetle with gorgeous iridescent colours
- 9ct Gold
- Beautiful and very unusual
A beautiful scarab beetle brooch from c.1900. Although the pretty little beetles in this type of jewellery are known as scarabs, (because of the fascination with all things Egyptian at the time they were made) they are actually tortoise or leaf beetles. Their scientific name is polychalca punctatissima and they originate from South America.
This stunning stick pin features the beetle enclosed in a beautiful gold collet with an open back, above a pretty gilt bow shaped setting. The beautiful iridescent green colours of the real beetle are so vivid, in fact, that you could be mistaken in thinking that the beetle has been metalised or has been man-made, but this is their natural colouring. When you turn the pin over, the open back allows you to see the details of the beetle’s underside which is fascinating.
This very unusual pin measures approx. 6cm and is just under 1cm in height. The beetle measures approx. 1.5 x 1 cm. The gold is not hallmarked but is solid 9ct gold, the weight is 1.4grams. The beetle is in excellent condition with just a small amount of wear to the very top where it shines a tiny bit. The pin itself is in perfect condition with no repairs having been made.
This superb and fascinating stick pin, tie pin or cravat pin would be suitable for either a lady or a gentleman and would definitely make a statement.