A gorgeous pair of Etruscan Revival 14KT gold Earrings with black enamel and turquoise colored glass bead motifs. They date to the 1880's and have excellent craftsmanship, with movable components that are reminiscent of the Architectural style during this era. From a circular flower form drops another circle form, with symmetrically places gold cylinders, which are surrounded by gold bead patterning. The glass beads are approximately 1.5mm in size, and these are accentuated with black enamel flower forms. There is one a the top and another at the bottom, as if mirroring each other. There is beautifully symmetry to these earrings, with a solid feel, yet they have great flexibility, movement and charm.
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 that implemented luxurious gold wirework, beading, filigree and granulation. The news of the excavation of these tombs, spread throughout Europe capturing the imagination of jewelers, particularly those in England. Etruscan Revival jewelry rose to the height of its popularity with the people of of Victorian England in 1880.
The earrings measure 2 inches in length and weigh approximately 11 grams. They make the perfect complement to any black evening dress.