Sterling silver, marcasite and garnet dragonfly brooch
This unique dragonfly brooch is handmade in sterling silver, featuring deep red garnet gemstones set into the eyes. The intricately patterned silver body and wings are accented with sparkling marcasite gemstones which add a vintage feel to the piece.
Dimensions: 50mm wide
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.