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Pristine Antique Enamel and Silver African American Blackamoor Earrings ~ Edwardian Period
What will first strike you is the condition of these earrings.. The enamel is pristine! I have seen these earrings a couple of times before, in gold however the enamel is always quite worn... I have taken as many photos as Ruby Lane will allow to show the condition all the way around the face, headdress and even below the silver hand etched leaves below. He looks like a Nubian bust and I believe of royalty. Center of the headdress is a ruby red glass bead that has been collet set.. (The silver goes all the way around so it will not be lost.) Clearly, high quality enamels were used when the bench jeweler made these. They were not cold painted which is why they remain is such pristine condition. Instead, the enamel was baked on which was a much more time consuming process.
These have French wires and, very clever I might add as the tops insert into the top of the crown. They become completely hidden when they are on the ear. They measure just a hair over 1" long x 5/16" across the widest portion. Each earring weighs Exactly 2.4 grams for a total of 4.8 grams total weight. They are hallmarked with a 925 inside of a cartouche. This is an early sterling silver mark. Likely produced right when the International law of exporting jewelry went into play if you wanted to export your jewels outside of your country.
These were purchased in Italy and could be Italian or European. Circa 1900 sitting right on the Victorian / Edwardian border. Excellent condition with absolutely no apologies to be made. Please do take the time to enlarge all of the photos. This type of Blackamoor earring in this condition I would consider rare. I cannot find another pair with as much detail and as lovely. Questions are always welcome and encouraged.
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Gender: Unisex, Age Group: Adult, Color: Black / White / Red / Sterling Silver, Size: 1" Dangle
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