Sterling silver and Swarovski crystal bee in beehive heart necklace
This unique pendant is handmade in sterling silver, featuring an openwork lattice style beehive in shape of a heart with a silver and yellow enamelled bumble bee embellished with Swarovski crystals. The pendant is sold complete with a fluid 18in chain. A beautiful addition to any jewellery lover's collection.
Dimensions: pendant measures 30mm top to bottom excluding bail
This piece was created to celebrate House Style, a 2017 exhibition exploring five centuries of fashion and adornment at Chatsworth and inspired by Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire's own insect jewellery collection, given to her by the 11th Duke of Devonshire. Duchess Deborah's collection included moths, caterpillars, spiders, wasps, dragonflies, beetles, bees, butterflies and even a grasshopper. She would wear the brooches pinned to her shoulder, along necklines or across the front of a velvet waistcoat.
Every piece in this collection is a miniature work of art and is hand-crafted by expert Derbyshire jewellers, C W Sellors.