Lucky little beetles

Antique, Unusual Shamrock Brooch Made Of Real Beetles & Silver, Circa 1900


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Description
The 19th century also loved everything new and unseen in the field of jewellery. Always striving to surprise with unusual shapes and materials, creations made from preserved animal bodies and parts came heavily into fashion. Insects, reptiles, feathers or even whole birds formed the most diverse jewellery, the sight of which is just as spectacular today as it was more than 100 years ago. The present brooch, dating from around 1900, presents three real beetles that have come together to form a cute cloverleaf. The import of these insects, which originated in South America, began in 1860 - at the same time as the opening of the Suez Canal. Often, therefore, their dried carapaces were used for jewellery in the Egyptian style, instead of stone scarabs. And as "scarabs" they also entered the trade and joined the style pluralism of those years, taking over the function of the Egyptian lucky beetle. In our case, the beetles are set in lightly gilded silver to be worn as a lucky brooch. An exotic antique jewellery of the 19th century, still suitable to amaze viewers today!
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The years around 1890 brought a new fashion to the field of jewellery: always on the lookout for new shapes and themes, goldsmiths and jewelers, especially in France and England, discovered the great world of insects. Soon countless butterflies, bees and dragonflies were perching on ladies' collars and décolletés. Richly set with precious stones and rarely monochrome, mostly in colorful abundance of diamonds, rubies, turquoises, emeralds and sapphires, these brooches remained popular until the early years of the 20th century. (Cf. similar pieces in David Bennett/Daniela Mascetti: Understanding Jewellery, London 2010, p. 229ff.).
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Lucky little beetles
€ 329.00 *
Content 1 piece
Unit price €329.00 / piece
Incl. VAT, Shipping
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