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Gem-Set Spider and Fly Brooch

“I’m sure you must be weary, dear, with soaring up so high / Will you rest upon my little bed? said the Spider to the Fly.” So penned Mary Howitt in her popular verse of 1828. The vogue for spider and fly-themed jewelry began at court in 1842, when Prince Albert presented his Queen with an affectionate thank-you gift on his birthday: a bracelet adorned with a spider chasing a fly.

Our charming gem-set brooch features a fetching spider dangling from her gold chain thread in hot pursuit of her next meal. Madame Spider is anatomically correct—with eight shapely diamond legs, diamond mid-section, plump ruby abdomen, sapphire head, and tiny glowing ruby eyes. Her handsome, albeit more diminutive gentleman caller, has four wings of mine-cut diamonds, and a ruby and seed pearl-set abdomen. His slender legs (he is clearly no match for her) are mounted on a gold bar pin.


Era: Victorian
Origin: England
Circa: 1845
Condition: Excellent
Materials: Ruby, diamond, seed pearl and platinum over 18k gold
Dimensions: 8.25 cm long, 4.4 cm wide
Weight: 5.2 grams

Wear it with:

An uber-masculine Helmut Lang T-shirt and a touch of leather