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 bee, suspending from a safety clip style fastening.

Each of the 9 ct yellow gold bees have a silver setting embellished with thirty-three pavé set Dutch cut diamonds.

Two feature pavé set round cut rubies ornament each of the bees.

The eyes of the bees are represented with cabochon cut opals.

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

The brooches suspend from a 15 ct yellow gold safety pin design, ornamented with a single seed pearl, fastening via 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 original leatherette push fit presentation case.

The satin and velvet lined case 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.

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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″

Object History

Date: Circa 1890
Origin: London, England

Object Literature


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Object Condition

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

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

Object Details

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