This is a stunning pair of 14kt gold Etruscan Revival earrings from the Victorian-era.
Etruscan Revival jewelry has a rich an interesting history. In the early 1800s there was a large excavation of Etruscan tombs outside of Rome. Within these tombs were pieces of original Etruscan jewelry. The Etruscans were master artisans, they created breathtaking pieces of jewelry through their use of gold wire and beading, colored gemstones and glass. The news of the excavation of these tombs, and the treasures contained inside them, spread throughout Europe. Etruscan style jewelry captured the imagination of the public and soon jewelers, particularly those in England, began to produce elaborate pieces of jewelry in the style of the Etruscans.
Although these earrings are unmarked I have tested them as 14kt gold. Each earring is approximately 1 1/4” long and approximately 3/4’s of an inch wide. They hang about 1” from the ear. There is a lovely gold flower at the top of each earring. The wings of the earrings are finely detailed with twisted wire work and gold beading. The earrings are quite angelic and remind one of a European cathedral. Together these earrings weigh 5.85 grams.
These earrings would make an unforgettable gift or fabulous addition to your antique jewelry collection!
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