SOLD: Diamond, ruby and pearl bug brooch, circa 1880


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This fantastic large bug from the end of the 19th century – part-dragonfly, part-moth – has exquisite enamelled wings showing a fine tracery of veins and membranes.

The main body is a natural mabe pearl encased in rose gold and the eyes are set with two bright rubies. Old cut diamonds form the thorax and adorn the wings.

The skill involved in the freehand drawing of the enamelled wings is quite breathtaking. I’ve never seen anything like it before.

There is also an unusual, mirror-like finish to the enamel. I’ve been told this is the result of a technique called glanzbrennen (“burn shine”), when the enamel is heated to an extremely high temperature. (Any information about this technique would be much appreciated.)

The back is beautiful too, especially the deeply segmented gold abdomen.

This is a statement piece with subtle colouring. A man could wear it as easily as a woman.


• Handmade in nine-carat rose gold
• Set with 35 old round cut diamonds, two natural rubies and a natural blister pearl
• Approximately 3.4cm (1 1/3 inch) tall, 5.7cm (2 1/4 inches) wide
• Weight is 12.4 grams
• In excellent antique condition
• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box (my antique boxes are not for sale)

Please examine the photographs carefully – they form part of the description.

I’d be very happy to send more information and images. Layaway available.

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