18K Gold Honeybee circa 1960
The bee is a tireless and loyal creature whose daily work amongst flowers and plants sustains most other species in some way. The honeybee or apis mellifera has a remarkable history. The Egyptians kept honeybees for their prized sweet honey, and the beeswax created was used in the mummification process. In ancient Greece, Pan was the god of beekeeping, and Delphi was said to have been constructed by bees. The Romans used honey as a gift to the gods and extensively in their cooking. And once Christianity was established, the wax was used in the production of candles for the church. Victorians prized the bee as loyal, hardworking, and dependable. Traits they valued in the newly industrialized workforce.
This little charmer is 18K and was created by Italian fine jewelry house, Garavelli. The details are remarkable.
1 1/8 inch by 7/8 inch. 5.8 grams.