Pendant in case

Object Number: 
Rock crystal quartz, amethyst, gold; leather, satin
Case: 3 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 1 1/8 in. ( 8.9 x 7 x 2.9 cm ) Overall (pendant): 2 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 3/4 in. (6.4 x 3.8 x 1.9 cm)
Oval rock crystal quartz pendant decorated with amethyst carved in the shape of a housefly, and 3 carved amethyst leaves; all amethysts attached to crystal with gold wires; gold pendant bail; red leather hinged case with rectangular domed top; lined with ivory satin; gilt push-button clasp closure.
Gallery Label: 
Animals and insects have been depicted in jewels since ancient times; Antique and Twentieth Century Jewellery by Vivienne Becker notes the 19th century interest in insects, describing this type of pendant in particular. This pin was among jewelry items in a jewelry box from the Livingston family.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Goodhue Livingston, 1951
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group