I have seen Blackamoor jewelry before, but it has always been a pendant, or maybe a ring, and it has never really appealed to me. These beautifully detailed earrings, however , were an exception. I was shopping in Charleston, South Carolina, in a lovely antique jewelry shop, and I came across these. I knew immediately that they were of the type quality I would probably not see again. They are small, but mighty. Each earring measures 1/2 an inch long, but would hang down, when worn, 3/4 of an inch because of the gold hinge. Each item of the earrings, from the turban, the black face with gold accents, the green shirt decorated with a lovely garnet in the middle, is beautifully detailed. I can only imagine how much work and craftsmanship went into molding these earrings. For those of you who may not know, Blackamoor jewelry and figures have been in existence since before Georgian times. They were usually Venetian, and are quite collectible. These earrings are fashioned in the Georgian fashion, but my good friend and English dealer, who is the most knowledgeable person I know, tells me these earrings They are unmarked, but tested 14 carat gold. These are the nicest pieces in this fashion I have ever seen. They still rest in their original fitted box which appears to be of shagreen. I can only imagine that a sophisticated Victorian lady of Charleston brought these lovely pieces back as a souvenir of her trip to Venice.
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