One of the most famous paintings of Venus, the ancient Goddess of love, was done by Peter Paul Rubens: Venus At A Mirror, a sensuous and mysterious masterpiece. One of the enduring mysteries of this painting is her pearl earrings: in real life, she wears a pearl and gold hoop earring, a classic style of that time. But in her reflection in the mirror, the matching earring is a black pearl. Is this because of the candlelit shadows that surround her? Does it suggest that there is a very different side to her, as with every woman? You decide, my Lady..................
This is my interpretation of those mysterious earrings, in Austrian Swarovski crystal pearls, the loveliest of the lab-created pearls on the market. A crystal base is covered with layers of pearl coating, or `nacre,' for a very lustrous look. They measure about 11mm. (the black appears a fraction smaller, but this is not apparent when worn.) They hang from 13mm. .925 sterling silver-filled hoops that latch in the back for extra security. They measure a fraction under 1.25" long.
I have a 14kt. gold-filled version of these in my store.
The last scan shows the Rubens painting of Venus at her mirror.
All metals are sterling silver and sterling silver-filled. The pearls are Austrian Swarovski crystal pearls.
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Original handcrafted artisan jewelry adapted from historical styles.
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