Sterling Silver Pin with Real Scarab
Measures 2.5'' by 0.25'' wide
Beetle measures 0.5''
Sterling Silver winged scarab bar brooch. Prong set beetle is commonly called a scarab, but upon further research we have discovered that he is actually some version of a tortoise beetle scientifically know as chrysomelidae. The shell has a bright iridescence, and has a peacock-like emerald to deep blue color with bits of copper color around the edges of his shell. It actually looks like enameled metal, but is in fact a dried beetle. The use of these beetles were typical in Victorian Egyptian Revival jewelry; the scarab being a popular symbol as it symbolizes eternal life.
In very nice condition with the exception of the lower left portion of the beetle shell has a small chip near the prong. Marked sterling, no other maker's marks, and has rollover safety clasp.
Due to the delicacy and nature of this piece, it should be kept away from moisture which could damage the shell and keep from extended exposure to sun light. However, he's lasted this long, so I would say he's still safe to wear out and about.
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