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Birmingham, United Kingdom
DoneThu, Aug 13, 2015 10:00 AM GMT

Antique & Modern Jewellery

There is a menagerie of bug brooches, together with a delightful woven gold diamond, ruby, sapphire and turquoise jardiniere brooch (lot 117) on offer in this auction. Bug brooches first found popularity in the 1860s, and their popularity continues through to today. In Curious Relations, Willian D'Arfey gives a description of the embellished beetle brooches of the moment "Parasols were liberally sprinkled with ticks, with grasshoppers, with woodlice. Veils were sown with earwigs... Tulle scarves and viewings sometimes had on them artificial bed-bugs..." With this wonderful image of gem-set insects adorning nearly every article of a Victorian ladies clothing, we have certainly got our eye on lot 87, a rotund bug brooch, with its abdomen taking the form of a cultured pearl, and diamond set wings. The pearl and diamond bug has the estimate of £1,200-1,800.