Created with a rich, matte finish, this elegant butterfly clip brooch is a testament to the artistry and attention to detail that typifies Hedges' jewelry.
Patented in 1879, a spring mechanism fastens the wings and they can be gently pressed toward each other. The two pointed, clip brooch fittings separate. Release them and the claws securely grip a sweater, lapel, or coat.
The eye spots are circles of rose gold topped with platinum. At the body, a tiny demantoid garnet enhances the insect and the abdomen's segments mix rose and yellow gold as well.
Textured with a minute beaded finish, the eyes and thorax are defined. Even faint "veins" in the wings are etched into the gold surface.
Historical note: While we often associate A.J. Hedges with Art Nouveau and Edwardian jewelry, this history dates back to 1837 with the company Alling, Hall & Dodd and several name changes later, in 1878 it became A.J. Hedges.