Late 19th Century 18K Pearl, Ruby and Emerald Bee Pin Pendant


Victorian era romance and whimsy is abuzz in this delightful late 19th century bee pendant/pin. The bee is a virtuous symbol of hard work, carrying the sentiment, “busy as a bee”. It could also represent the givers feelings. A sweet way to say, “Will you bee mine”. Naturalistically designed and brilliantly modeled in 18k gold, this charming emerald eyed bee is adorned with a pair of shimmering ruby and rose cut diamond forewings that gently rest upon glowing emerald hindwings. The body is artfully composed of a pink tourmaline thorax and a large lustrous baroque pearl abdomen decorated with a small rose cut diamond lined shield. Some hints of black enamel detail add the finishing flourishes to this regal and rare treasure. 


Measurements: 1 ¼” long x 1” wingspan

Weight: 16.7 grams

Pearl: 11.5 mm long x 9.5 mm wide x 11 mm deep

Rubies: approximately .34 total carat weight 

Emeralds: approximately .40 total carat weight

Pink tourmaline: approximately .54 ct

 Closure and fittings: trombone safely clasp, removable pin stem and folding bail

 Notes: One missing antennae the other slightly bent, one missing rose cut diamond