A beautiful Victorian diamond dragonfly brooch, c.1870s, the openwork design realistically modelled in silver and gold depicting a dragonfly in flight with wings outspread, the tapering body and wings set throughout with old cut diamonds and the eyes set with garnet cabochons to a single curved pin fitting. Insects were hugely popular motifs in Victorian jewellery and meaning was attached to them all with the dragonfly representing metamorphism and change. This is a lovely example, the old cut diamonds are bright and sparkly and the delicate antennae and legs have been carefully crafted, it would look perfect pinned to a shoulder, lapel or even hat where it would appear to have alighted briefly before flying off again.
Victorian, circa 1870s
53 x old cut diamonds estimated to weigh a combined total of approximately 4.5cts
Silver and gold
5.4cm / 2.1″ wide from wing tip to tip
4.6cm / 1.8″ tall