A Victorian Sapphire And Diamond Bee Brooch
A Victorian sapphire and diamond bee brooch, the thorax set with an old-cut diamond estimated to weigh 0.8 carats, the abdomen set with four sapphires, estimated to weigh a total of 2 carats accompanied by Gem & Pearl Lab Report 17165 stating to be natural with no indication of heating, the wings encrusted with rose and old European-cut diamonds estimated to weigh a further total of 1.5 carats, with a cabochon ruby eyes, all set in silver and gold, with gold detachable brooch fitting, circa 1880, measuring approximately 3×4.2cm, gross weight 9.7grams.
A wonderfully detailed and charming Victorian brooch. Insect iconography was very popular during the Victorian era, and bees came to be symbolic of hard work and industry. This exquisite bee brooch features diamond-set wings, a lively single diamond thorax, a bright sapphire set body, and glinting ruby eyes. The vivid and lush sapphires and rubies beautifully complement the diamonds and yellow gold setting of this piece, making it an excellent example of Victorian sensibility. This intricate brooch would look lovely pinned to a dress or jacket for a summer occasion.
Should you choose to make this purchase we would be delighted to send it to you in a Bentley & Skinner handmade leather case packed in a giftwrapped Bentley & Skinner black and gold presentation box. Shortly afterwards we will send you on a complimentary valuation of this item for insurance purposes for your reference and safekeeping.