Victorian circa 1900

A Victorian Spinel and Diamond Bumble Bee Brooch

An antique spinel and diamond bee brooch, circa 1900. The bee is designed with pavé-set old cut diamond wings and the body set with a old cushion cut red spinel and alternating lines of emerald-cut red spinels and old cut diamonds. The eyes are cabochon peridots and the legs realistically designed in gold. The brooch is all set in platinum and gold with a single pin fitting on the reverse.

Further Details

Gemstones and Other Materials7 x Burma red spinels, estimated total 2.52cts - with certificate
Old cut diamonds, estimated total - 1.08ct
2 x cabochon peridots
Condition ReportVery fine
SettingPlatinum on gold
Weight description8.8 grams
DimensionsLength: 2.3cm
Wing span: 3.8cm
Periodcirca 1900

Directors Notes

Insects were a very popular motif in Victorian jewellery, there was always symbolism and meaning attached and the bee was often associated with industriousness, connection and community. The bee continued to be popular motif in jewellery for years to come, indeed in the Art Nouveau period it can be seen in the work of René Lalique and for decades onwards the bee has always been considered to carry a symbolically positive message of loyalty and hard work.


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