As the Industrial Revolution roared on, poisoning the air with thick factory smoke and polluting the waterways with hazardous waste, many Victorians found themselves yearning to return to nature.
To help starve off the ache of modernism many flocked to the country or seaside to rekindle their romance with nature and to collect specimens that would allow them to reconstruct the wilderness in their homes.
From collecting and displaying shells to cultivating exotic ferns under glass domes, Victorians began incorporating a little piece of Mother Nature into many aspects of their lives, including fashion.
One particularly popular trend of the time was insect jewelry. From weevils and moths to fireflies and jewel beetles, ladies bedazzled their coiffures and their attire with these treasured bugs. But perhaps no insect was more coveted than the Egyptian scarab.
A symbol of rebirth, scarabs were relished by Victorians for their unique shape and iridescent green coloring with tinges of coppery gold edges. The demand for these beetles (and others) was so great that it almost pushed them to the brink of extinction. Unfortunately, due to the fragile nature of these beautiful creatures, not many jewelry examples have survived the years, which makes this piece even more special.
This lovely lapel pin is a wonderful remembrance of the entomological craze of the late 19th century. It features a beautiful genuine Egyptian scarab beetle mounted in a pronged brass setting with a silver tone pin.
Date: 1890s Materials: Egyptian scarab beetle, brass Measurements: 2" Markings: None Condition: Very Good Scarab is in pristine condition. Metal has a patina consistent with age. The brass plating has come off of the pin and is now silver.