Superb pair of Victorian earrings from the Aesthetic Movement era, circa 1880's England. These pendant earrings are unique in construction with decorative balls suspended from articulated bars forming the framework in which the balls hang like pendulums in a swing. The tops are formed by a half ball in smaller size with the same floral type design. They have wonderful movement when worn. Lovely details with Taille D'Epargne black tracery enamel in the recessed areas and a stippled effect to the surrounding gold. The framework has an almost bamboo looking feel to it with the "joint" details giving these the organic characteristic that was popular with the Victorians during the Aesthetic era . These earrings are constructed of 14k-15k gold and are in excellent condition. Very slight wear to the enamel which is indicative of age. The backs have been converted to posts at some point during their lifetime which make them hang better on the ear. They weigh 8.1 grams and measure 1 3/4" in length. Top post ball measures 8mm and the swinging pendulum ball measures 10mm. New post and butterfly clutch back. Marked 14k. A similar pair which isn't nearly as beautiful as these is currently for sale on an exclusive antique jewelry website for $2900!
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