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1.10 ct Ruby and Opal, 0.78 ct Diamond and 15 ct Yellow Gold Bee Brooch - Antique Victorian

A stunning Victorian 1.10 carat ruby and opal, 0.78 carat diamond, 15 ct and 9 carat yellow gold, silver set bee brooch; part of our diverse antique jewellery collections

SKU: A8176

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1.10 ct Ruby and Opal, 0.78 ct Diamond and 15 ct Yellow Gold Bee Brooch - Antique Victorian


This stunning, fine and impressive antique bee brooch has been crafted in 15 ct and 9 ct yellow gold, with silver settings.

The brooch consists of three parts; two individual brooches each modelled in the form of a bee, suspending from a safety clip style fastening.

The thorax and abdomen of the bees are each embellished with a feature pavé set round cut ruby.

Each of the 9 ct yellow gold bees have a silver setting embellished with thirty-three pavé set Dutch cut diamonds, encompassing the aforementioned rubies and extending across the forewing and hindwing.

The silver setting to each bee's abdomen is further embellished with a textured finish, reproducing the details of the bee's scopa/hair.

This flying creature's legs and head are crafted in 9ct yellow gold, set with two collet set cabochon cut opals to represent the eyes.

The brooches secure to the reverse with a hinged pin and clip.

These stunning brooches suspend from a 15 ct yellow gold safety pin style design, ornamented with a single seed pearl conjoining two 15 ct yellow gold belcher chain drops.

The belcher chains are accented with seven seed pearls, evenly dispersed.

The brooch is fitted to the exceptional, original leatherette push fit presentation box, with an impressive velvet and satin lined interior, and a push fit catch.

The interior of the box bears the retailer's mark 'By appointment to the Queen, The Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Company LTD, 112, Regent ST London'.

This stunning antique Victorian insect brooch has been independently tested using state of the art technology (Niton XL2 Analyzer) and verified as 15 ct and 9 ct yellow gold with silver settings.

The brooch is supplied with an independent diamond grading report card.

NOTE: The Victorian period saw the popularisation of the bee being used within naturalistic jewellery. A patron of such a piece was declaring they modelled their behaviour on the bee's example of great assiduousness, an excellent work ethic and loyalty.

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This stunning antique Victorian brooch set is exceptional quality set with impressive opal, pearls, rubies and very well colour matched, very high colour graded old cut diamonds, displaying a fine colour, brilliance and presence.

The brooch is an exceptional gauge of gold and is in excellent condition, fitted to the original presentation case.

Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of this fine example of gemstone jewellery/estate jewelry.

Diamond Quality

Colour (average grades) I

Clarity (average grades) P1

Cut Dutch

Content (total) 0.78 carat

Gemstone Quality

Ruby Quality

Colour Red

Cut Round

Opal Quality

Colour White

Cut Cabochon

Total Gemstone Content

1.10 carats


Length of bee setting 1.90cm/0.74"

Width of bee setting 1.26cm/0.49"

Height of setting 9.50mm/0.37"

Length of safety pin 2.28cm/0.89"

Length of belcher chains 4.5cm/1.77", 5.5cm/2.16"


9.91 grams

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Andrew Campbell started trading in antiques during the 1970s. Initially, Andrew lived in the South of England, travelling the country, searching for items of silver to buy. Andrew sold these items at various London markets and antique fairs. Over time, and through selling at a range of venues, Andrew built up a large and diverse customer base from private buyers to national and international trade customers.
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