A beautiful Victorian era fly or bee ring made from a stick pin. It has of rubies and a grey cats eye gemstone, set in 14KT gold. In the language of Victorian era symbolism and sentimentality, the fly came to signify humility. The band of the ring is new, but the fly is an original antique (circa 1880), a favorite symbol of the 19th Century.
The fly has lovely vibrant pink rubies for eyes. It's wings are a yellow gold with hand-engraved details that make them very realistic. The cats eye, or blue grey gem on its body is a Chrysoberyl an ancient talisman believed to have metaphysical properties. It is no coincidence that this gem is used for the center of the fly. Its cabochon form resembles an all-seeing fortune teller's globe. The ring is a size 7.5 and it weighs 2.6 grams.
This ring is quite enigmatic and its beautiful craftsmanship make this a memorable gift, a wonderful Victorian era piece.