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Victorian Beetle Broach

Victorian Beetle Broach

Everywhere,

amongst us, there is a secret insect world…..even within the confines of our jewellery boxes.

Modern Sparkle: Spectacular necklace created with Swarovskis

Modern Sparkle: Spectacular necklace created with Swarovskis

The Egyptians revered the scarab, about 5000 years ago; they were sacred to them as the scarab was seen to represent the Sun God, Khepri.  Jewellery featuring scarab is still popular today.
Golden Scarab bracelet

Golden Scarab bracelet

The Victorians started to mass produce jewellery – then, to the horror of some – but there are still many lovely pieces that have stood the passage of time, today.  Insects were a popular theme.
Victorian costume jewellery, a filligree butterfly, one of my own collection.

Victorian costume jewellery, a filligree butterfly, one of my own collection.

[Above: a beautifully worked antique Victorian broach, in a filligree style.]
Genuine Victorian Beetle pendent.

Genuine Victorian Beetle pendent.

Art Nouveau (the New Art) preceded the Art Deco period, during 1880 – 1910, for quite  a relatively short life span.  This elaborate and beautiful style, originated in Paris, spread across Europe, and then onto North America.  It featured organic forms with flowing designs, including nature and creatures…and insects.  The Arts and Crafts movement was a huge influence.     
Art Nouveau pendent depicting a dragonfly

Art Nouveau pendent depicting a dragonfly

Art Deco  (1908 – 1935) took over from Art Nouveau, with it’s simpler, geometric designs, a clean style that has proven timeless – today, highly popular and easily recognised.  Scarabs featured a lot during this period.
Art Deco beetle broach.

Art Deco beetle broach.

Another Art Deco beetle broach - with opal?

Another Art Deco beetle broach - with opal?

An esquisite Art Deco turquoise set, featuring scarabs.
An esquisite Art Deco turquoise set, featuring scarabs.

Today, both costume and fine jewellery are in demand – genuine antique or vintage pieces, and reproductions.  New styles usually borrow from any of the earlier periods, either crossing over, or sticking to one ‘style’, using modern materials and methods – both mass produced and handmade techniques.   Sparkle and bling, carefree silver, sophisticated gold…acrylic, textile, and other metals.  Within the insect spectrum, bees, butterflies, dragonflies, ladybirds, spiders and beetles remain – rightly so 🙂 – firm favourites.

Big colourful beetle pendent necklace, from the H+M Summer 2011 Collection.

Big colourful beetle pendent necklace, from the H+M Summer 2011 Collection.

Lampwork glass ladybird bead by Marie Kuniek Van Esveld

Lampwork glass ladybird bead by Marie Kuniek Van Esveld

HandMade contemperary leather Ladybird + Flower broach.

HandMade contemperary leather Ladybird + Flower broach.

[Above:  Always popular in jewellery, the ladybird, or ladybug.  Not surprising, considering the cute factor :p ]
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T I M E L I NE / P E R I O D S
Georgian 1716 – 1860
Early Victorian 1837 – 1860
Mid Victorian 1860 – 1880
Late Victorian 1880 – 1901
Art Nouveau 1880 – 1914
Arts and Crafts 1890 – 1914
Edwardian 1901 – 1910
Art Deco 1920 – 1935
The War Years 1935 – 1945
Modern 1950s – Today
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Modern swarovski piece by the A Z Collection.

Modern swarovski piece by the A Z Collection.

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