Victorian 9ct Gold Chain Necklace detailed with Tortoise Beetles from the 1920s

This stylish and fascinating necklace features real tortoise beetles.

Condition Report:

Very Good - There is some rubbing to the reverse surface of a couple of the faux pearls. This does not detract from the overall appeal of the piece and is not visible when worn.  


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The Details...

This necklace features a 9ct gold cable chain which fastens with a bolt ring. The chain is stamped 9ct. The chain dates from the Victorian era and is approximately late 1800s in period. Hanging from the centre of the necklace are 11 Tortoise Beetles with seed pearls mounted at their top. These beetles are most likely a later addition to the chain. They are likely to have been added in the 1920s during the era's Egyptian Revival movement. The necklace comes with what could potentially be its original box. This is stamped on the inside with ‚ÄėLouis Cop√© Harrogate‚Äô - a high class department store in the centre of Yorkshire town. The necklace measures 41cm.

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 Art Deco era as they resembled scarab beetles.  

Wear it With...

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