Antique, Fine Victorian 15ct, 15k, 625 Gold Garnet, Pearl & Diamond honey bee, Insect, Bug Brooch, Circa 1890
A lovely Victorian 15ct gold Garnet, Pearl & Diamond honey bee brooch featuring a 14 x 18mm insect mounted on a gold bar brooch. The bee is mounted with an oval cabachon Garnet (representing the body), a pearl for the thorax and a diamond for its head, complete with detailed wings, feelers, legs etc.,
Napoleon chose the bee as the emblem to represent his status as Emperor. It is a motif rich in meanings.
The bee symbolises hard work, diligence, industriousness and orderliness. It is also the producer of honey so the bee also symbolises sweetness and benevolence. The Victorians often had hidden messages and symbolic meanings in their jewellery.
A collectable brooch in Very Good Antique Condition.
Metal: 15ct Gold (tested)
Weight: 3.5 grams
Measurements: 45 x 17.8mm
Date: Victorian (1837 to 1901)