Victorian 14K Gold, Opal, Diamond, and Sapphire Bee Brooch
This is an adorable opal, diamond, and sapphire antique bee brooch, circa 1890. The wings and body are beautifully decorated with 70 rose cut diamonds. The smaller round cabochon cut opal measures 4.85 x 4.90 x 2.10 mm. The large oval cabochon cut opal measures 10.50 x 7.47 x 2.70 mm. The two cabochon cut sapphires measure approximately 2.55 mm. The bee’s legs and back body are 14K gold, while the anterior body is made of silver. The bee’s eyes are tremblant (French for trembling) and have good kinetic movement. “En tremblant” was first used to describe 18th and 19th century jewelry where parts of the pieces were attached to a trembler to create movement in the jewel when the piece was worn. Brooches emplaced in this way were particularly successful in emulating flickering candlelight. The Industrial Revolution began to take hold of Britain during the Victorian Era. In this period, there was great emphasis on productivity and industriousness. Therefore, it is easy to see why the bee would become a popular symbol during this time. This piece is approximately 1.5” long and weighs approximately 8.05 grams. This lovely pin is a lovely antique piece and would be the perfect addition to any collection!
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