A pretty lava brooch and a matching pair of drop earrings, set in low grade silver (tested), and still in their original box. The lava is a dark cream to light khaki in color. The brooch has the finely carved profile of a classical woman’s head and shoulders and has a C-clasp. It measures 1.75 inches by 1.5 inches across. It weighs 16 grams. The earrings comprise two oval lava drops, the top one smaller than the bottom one. Both drops have female profiles as well. Each measures a fraction under1.5 inches from the top of the long hook. They weigh 3 grams each.
In the Georgian and Victorian periods, wealthy people undertook tours of Italy, Egypt and Greece in particular to admire Roman ruins and Renaissance architecture. They tried to purchase souvenirs from each place they visited.
Pompeii was a popular destination for these wealthy tourists and jewelry was sold that was supposed to contain lava from Mount Vesuvius. The lava came in muted brown, grey, greens, ochre and cream, and skilful artists carved and polished beautiful cameos which were turned into bracelets, brooches, pendants, earrings and necklaces. The carvings were usually of classical heads or great Italian artists or writers.
The suite comes in the original box (see photos). Insurance and postage are included in the price.
Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: lava, silver, Size: Brooch 1.75 inches x 1.5 inches; earrings 1.5 inches