Maker: Jaques & Marcus (active 1882–92)

Date: ca. 1882–92

Geography: Made in New York, New York, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Gold, pearl, demantoid garnets, and diamonds

Dimensions: L. 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm)

Classification: Jewelry

Credit Line: Purchase, Susan and Jon Rotenstreich Gift, 2001

Accession Number: 2001.246


Late nineteenth-century novelty jewelry reflects an interest in the natural world—for instance butterflies, dragonflies, and "creepy crawlies." The body of this charming gold insect pin is fashioned from a single natural pearl, its head set with demantoid (green) garnets and its eyes represented by two faceted diamonds. The brooch is marked on its hook "J & M" for the short-lived firm of Jacques & Marcus, which operated in New York from about 1882 to 1892.