An iridescent tortoise beetle is the jewel in this antique pendant.
A simple 9ct gold mount has been handmade to perfectly fit the outline of this tortoise beetle, held together with discreet little prongs. The bail forms part of the frame. The beetle carapace is perfectly preserved despite its age of over 100 years. It is bright and saturated in colour with a lovely golden shimmer.
The pendant measures 18.6mm long (including the loop) and 11.35mm wide, 7mm deep. It is unmarked but XRF tests as 9ct gold. The chain and pendant together weigh 3.8 grams
The antique trace link chain measures 43cm and although it is hallmarked for 9ct gold it XRF tests as 12ct.