Antique Micro Mosaic Scarab Brooch
Ever the rage during the 1800s, this Italian micro mosaic of a scarab beetle sends echoes from the time of pharaohs and pyramids. Fascinated by all things Egyptian and exotic, the Victorians often held soirees to unveil, well actually unwrap, the most recently acquired mummy. It was certainly no stretch of the imagination for jewelers of the times to incorporate motifs from ancient periods, such as this example of an Egyptian archaeological revival brooch.
Perhaps brought back from a tour of the Continent, the tiny art work of very finely set micro mosaics is set into a deep yellow gold brooch appointed with a border of twisted yellow gold work and a reoccurring pattern of ivy leaves representative of eternal love and memories. The reverse of reveals a glass covered back which may have opened before but no longer does.
Measurements: 1-1/8 inches (2.9 cm) in diameter and the micro mosaic itself is 7/8 of an (2.1 cm) across by 5/16 of an inch (0.8 cm) in depth.
Condition: Micro mosaic is excellent as is gold surround; two tiny bends in the bezel at 1:00 and 3:00; reverse has a replaced pin stem of silver; clasp and hinge with later safety of brass; a bit of patina and dirt under the glass.
Date & Origin: Circa 1860 – 1870 and micro mosaic is Italian in origin.
Overall Scale: Medium