Victorian Tortoise Beetle Ring

This stylish and fascinating ring features a real tortoise beetle.

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The Details...

The ring features a central tortoise beetle in a claw setting with an open back. The beetle is surrounded by a filigree scalloped edge interspersed with beading. Although it has no marks, this piece is likely to be silver due to its weight, design and properties - it polishes well with a silver cloth. As they are so fragile, it’s quite rare to find beetle jewellery in ring form. This is most likely a late 1800s Egyptian Revival piece as opposed to an Art Deco example, due to the fairly ornate filigree work and beading. The ring is a UK size 'R 1/2’, with the internal diameter of the band just under 2cm. 

A Short History...

Preserved and dried real insects were incorporated into jewellery designs from the Victorian era through to the 1920s. Creatures that were especially popular were those that posessed iridescent properties, such as butterflies and the tortoise beetles that we see in this necklace. Tortoise beetles met the fashion for the Egyptian Revival of the Victorian and Art Deco eras as they resembled scarab beetles.  

Wear it With...

Pair this ring with denim for a quirky twist to a casual look. 

  • Colour Green, Silver
  • Occasion Smart Casual, The Festive Season, Wedding Guest, Holiday and Globetrotting, Cocktail and Evening
  • Trend One with Nature