In the early 1800s, a tomb was uncovered outside of Rome. It held mysterious gold jewelry of delicate design, with gold beads and twisted wires. These were tombs of an old Etruscan civilization. At the same time, Pompeii was being excavated, a city conquered by the Etruscans long before the Romans took over. These events caused a shift in jewelry design, called the Etruscan Revival, which took place beginning around 1860. A jeweler named Fortunato Pio Castellani claimed to have the knowledge on how to accurately craft jewelry in the careful delicate and detailed way the Etruscans once had. He created replicas of jewels found in these various excavation sites and he did a beautiful job. The techniques of crafting matte and shiny surfaces came back into style, the ways of crafting depth and relief were managed with corded wire. Castellani’s ideas flowed through Europe, all the way to England. Granulation, perfected by the ancient Etruscans, and wondered at due to its complexity and beauty, was now back and taking over all of Europe. An example of this can be seen in this very pair of earrings with its careful placing of metal balls onto their surface.
These antique Etruscan Revival drop earrings each feature one round cabochon cut turquoise gem with a dark teal color and metallic matrix. They were hand crafted in England, during the Victorian Era, around 1870. They were made in 9 karat gold and are marked, ‘9ct’. Each turquoise measures 9.4 mm in diameter and 6.25 mm in depth. The Etruscan Revival style is evident with the usage of turquoise as well as the granulation details on the turquoises’ settings. These are an exquisite pair of earrings, inspired by centuries of art and culture.
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