- Real beetle in the centre
- Very unusual
- From the early 20th century
A beautiful brooch in a bow shape with a real beetle at its centre which dates from the early 20th century. Athough 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 lovely brooch has the beetle enclosed in a gilt metal collet with an open back, above a pretty gilt bow shaped setting. The beautiful iridescent 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.
This pretty and very unusual brooch measures approx. 4cm wide and is just under 2cm in height. The beetle measures approx. 1.5 x 1 cm. The beetle is in excellent condition, the gilt bow is in very good condition for its age with the front having almost all its gilt still intact. There is only minimal wear to the back
A very pretty and very unusual antique brooch.