An emblem of kings, the bee can be found in the ancient mythology of many cultures including Egyptians, Greeks, Mycenaens, Hittites & Mayans.
Napoleon adopted the bee as his Empire's emblem and it adorned nearly every object used for his coronation. He restricted its use to imperial objects, clothing & residences with very few exceptions for high ranking officials.
oxidized sterling silver bee ring (shown)
bee approx. 3/4" tall