E499 Rare Bee Pin, Early 1800's to Mid 1800's with Ruby Eyes:


E499

This is a handmade pin of Sterling silver and set with Natural Turquoise gemstones and Ruby eyes. The turquoise measures 23 points for the largest stone and six smaller gemstones at 2.8 mm's each, with the ruby eyes at two gemstones at 2 mm each. The rarity of the pin is the way the setting was made. The pin opens by squeezing the wings to open the pin and releasing the wings to close the pen.
The pin could be worn anywhere, as on a hat, hair ribbon, shoulder, belt to name a few.
The use of insect motifs in jewelry fell firmly into fashion in the middle to the late 1800s. Many bug brooches; pendants and even rings were produced with delicate & intricate workmanship. These pieces could be adorned with any combination gems, in a kaleidoscope of colors, to depict the body shape and eyes of the insect.
In a curious twist of etiquette, refined ladies and gentlemen would wear these little glittering creatures even though, in day-to-day life they would be quite repulsed by their presence.
The bee, however, requires very special attention due to its prestigious position as the royal emblem of the House of Bonaparte. Though France was a bitter enemy of England in the early 1800s, by the mid to late 19th century the allure of the French Empire period, under Napoleon III, saw the revival of the bee and his winged friends on both sides of the Channel. These fashion trends were thus transported throughout the English empire and the United States
The pin is in perfect working order and in excellent condition and strong to wear.

Price: $540.00