Outstanding antique Victorian locket with large beetle, garnets, and an engraved surface in both rose and yellow gold fill. Insect jewelry was very popular in Victorian times, and beautiful Victorian bugs are very collectible today.
Intricately detailed, this beetle has a segmented body, six legs, antennae, eyes, and four deep red faceted garnets on its back. It lies on an engraved surface of alternating stripes, solid and patterned, in rose and yellow gold filled metal.
The locket opens from the left and the inside is bright and clean. The back has two fancy initials, K and S.
Please note, the hinge pin has been professionally repaired. It works well, but the pin was replaced and the edges are sharp to the touch. It would benefit from some filing to smooth the ends, but that might shorten the pin too much, so I have left it as is. I don’t think this will interfere with wearing, as the pin stands vertically and away from the body.
The locket measures 1-1/2” including the bail.