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Antique Egyptian Revival Scarab Design Tortoise Beetle Brooch


This rare brooch is emblematic of the Egyptian Revival aesthetic and dates from the late Victorian or early Edwardian era. 

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The Details...

This gilded metal brooch features three claw set, iridescent preserved Tortoise beetles. The brooch fastens using a 'C' catch and the pin is fitted to the brooch with a round hinge. The brooch measures 4.5cm x 1.5cm. 

To view a clip of this piece, click here: Tortoise Beetle Brooch

A Short History...

During the Victorian era, a fascination with the natural world led to the incorporation of real preserved insects within jewellery. Tortoise beetles were a popular choice, as the iridescence of their bodies allowed pieces to glisten and shine. The resemblance of Tortoise beetles to Scarabs also meant that they appealed to those enamoured with Ancient Egypt. Increased archeological excavations in the nineteenth century had led to a rapid development of Egyptomania amongst the jewellery buying classes. 

Wear it With...

Brooches are an exceptionally simple way to add instant vintage styling to any look and interest to plain materials. Pin this piece onto a hat, lapel, collar, cuff, scarf, sleeve, waistline or bag - wear alone or with a selection.

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Inspired by Nature

The jewellery within the Gemma Redmond Vintage collection has survived to this day because it has been well cared for throughout its lifetime. It is important to continue to care for the jewellery that you buy from us to ensure its continued preservation. Here are some suggestions:

- Be sure to store your jewellery within the boxes that we provide to ensure that it is protected. This is especially important when travelling with your pieces.

- Try not to get perfume or hairspray on your items. These liquids can damage the materials that our jewellery is made from.

- Try not to drop your jewellery or catch your jewellery against hard surfaces. If this happens over time, the findings and fixings can loosen and wear.

- Try not to get your jewellery wet. Some costume jewellery manufacturers utilised water soluble glue in the making of their pieces. Getting your jewellery wet could cause rhinestones and other details to fall away over time.

- If you wish to clean your jewellery, use a soft polishing cloth or a soft brush.