1.10 ct Ruby and Opal, 0.78 ct Diamond and 15 ct Yellow Gold Bee Brooch - Antique Victorian

GBP 8,745.00

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Object Description

A stunning Victorian 1.10 carat ruby and opal, 0.78 carat diamond, 15 ct and 9 carat yellow gold, silver set bee brooch; part of our diverse antique jewellery collections.

This stunning, fine and impressive antique bee brooch has been crafted in 15 ct and 9 ct yellow gold, with silver settings.

The brooch consists of three parts; two individual brooches each modelled in the form of a bee, suspending from a safety clip style fastening.

The thorax and abdomen of the bees are each embellished with a feature pavé set round cut ruby.

Each of the 9 ct yellow gold bees have a silver setting embellished with thirty-three pavé set Dutch cut diamonds, encompassing the aforementioned rubies and extending across the forewing and hindwing.

The silver setting to each bee’s abdomen is further embellished with a textured finish, reproducing the details of the bee’s scopa/hair.

This flying creature’s legs and head are crafted in 9ct yellow gold, set with two collet set cabochon cut opals to represent the eyes.

The brooches secure to the reverse with a hinged pin and clip.

These stunning brooches suspend from a 15 ct yellow gold safety pin style design, ornamented with a single seed pearl conjoining two 15 ct yellow gold belcher chain drops.

The belcher chains are accented with seven seed pearls, evenly dispersed.

The brooch is fitted to the exceptional, original leatherette push fit presentation box, with an impressive velvet and satin lined interior, and a push fit catch.

The interior of the box bears the retailer’s mark ‘By appointment to the Queen, The Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Company LTD, 112, Regent ST London’.

This stunning antique Victorian insect brooch has been independently tested using state of the art technology (Niton XL2 Analyzer) and verified as 15 ct and 9 ct yellow gold with silver settings.

The brooch is supplied with an independent diamond grading report card.

NOTE: The Victorian period saw the popularisation of the bee being used within naturalistic jewellery. A patron of such a piece was declaring they modelled their behaviour on the bee’s example of great assiduousness, an excellent work ethic and loyalty.

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Diamond Quality
Colour (average grades) I
Clarity (average grades) P1
Cut Dutch
Content (total) 0.78 carat

Gemstone Quality
Ruby Quality
Colour Red
Cut Round

Opal Quality
Colour White
Cut Cabochon

Total Gemstone Content
1.10 carats

Length of bee setting 1.90cm/0.74″
Width of bee setting 1.26cm/0.49″
Height of setting 9.50mm/0.37″
Length of safety pin 2.28cm/0.89″
Length of belcher chains 4.5cm/1.77″, 5.5cm/2.16″

9.91 grams

Origin: London, England

Object History

Date: Circa 1890
Origin: London, England

Object Literature

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All items are fully insured and sent at the risk of AC Silver.
Complimentary insurance valuation with images and text is provided with your purchase.

Object Condition

This stunning antique Victorian brooch set is exceptional quality set with impressive opal, pearls, rubies and very well colour matched, very high colour graded old cut diamonds, displaying a fine colour, brilliance and presence.

The brooch is an exceptional gauge of gold and is in excellent condition, fitted to the original presentation case.

Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of this fine example of gemstone jewellery/estate jewelry.

Object Details

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Dealer Contact

+44 (0)191 240 2645
+44 (0)7836 286218

Dealer Location

35b St Georges Terrace
Tyne and Wear

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