This 14k gold fly pendant is a well-articulated, adorably realistic rendition of a fly. The fly’s thorax is a round brilliant diamond that catches the eye with its vibrant sparkle. The bug’s abdomen is represented by a natural sapphire cabochon that is a beautiful shade of blue. The wings are sculpted in wonderful detail, with tiny lines carved into their surface, and the fly’s head, legs, and antenna are charmingly lifelike. On the bottom, there are six well-articulated legs, adding to the suburb attention to detail given to this piece.
A fly makes for a unique piece of jewelry today—but it has been around as a motif for centuries and was often seen in Victorian jewelry. Flies were worn as a talisman against evil, and represent humility and perseverance. Associated with the phrase “a fly on the wall” it is a reminder that being curious, thoughtful, and observational is the key to wisdom.
The fly measures 3/4” x 1/2” x 3/16”, not including the 5 x 7 mm bail. It weighs 2.7 grams. The round brilliant diamond is G-H in color and measures 3.5 mm. The diamond weighs .13 of a carat. The natural blue sapphire is 6.5 x 5 x 3.5 mm and weighs 1.14 of a carat. The piece is unmarked but acid tests as 14k.
This pendant looks perfect stacked with other charms or alone on a chain. Circa the 1920’s.