I am pleased to be able to offer this exquisite pair of natural carved coral girandole earrings... They were purchased in Italy and are most likely Italian in origin.
The Girandoles... Of all of the styles of eighteenth century, the girandole was probably the most desirable for night wear. Its design was classic.. The central carved bar shaped ornament has 3 hand sanded and perfectly matched pendants that dangle. These earrings have fabulous movement and are articulated 4 times. True to girandoles the center pendant hangs longer than the outer pendants. Dating back to the seventeenth century, beautiful examples were made in rose cut diamonds, paste, garnets, etc. Although girandoles were thought to be primarily night time wear jewelry, coral, being a natural material was worn equally for day (called undress), late afternoon (half-dress), or for evening (full dress.)
The color is dreamy and a very deep, deep orange. The top carved cameo cabochon was carved into a flower shape with a criss cross decoration in the center and a pedal design. Below the top piece there is the central bow or bar which has a whimsical carve. Three lovely dangle drops, the center being the longest finish these off beautifully. All of the coral is perfectly matched and all of the dangles were precisely carved and sanded nearly exactly the same size.
This coral is natural, and not dyed. They are completely original including the wonderful open shepard wires. The metal is gilt, or gold over silver. There is deep warm patina on the metal which I have left in place. The earrings are an impressive length. They measure 2 7/8" from the top of the wire to the bottom of the longest dangle. One earring weighs 6.54 grams, the other 6.58 for a total of 13.12 grams. Very impressive how the bench jeweler was able to have each earning nearly the exact same weight.
The earrings are in excellent antique condition with no apologies to be made. They have amazing movement and with the slightest move of the head the swing and become very much alive.
These were purchased and found by my long time friend in Italy. She has access to some of the most incredible Georgian jewels around!
Circa 1800, Italian in origin.
These are a very special pair of earrings that are most certainly fit for the finest of collections. Questions are always welcome and encouraged.