A Wonderful and Rare Antique Victorian Carnelian Intaglio Cameo Earrings with Mercury Portrait, circa 1890 Fin de Cicle, Neo-Classic. This fine pair of antique earrings is made of hand carved carnelian and antique gold filled. The period around the Turn of the Last Century was filled with Neo Classic styles that were revived from antiquity, including Greek and Roman classic designs. The influence came from excavations of ancient ruins that were done around this time. The earrings each hold a piece of deep rich carnelian stone that had been hand carved by Italian artisans more than 100 years ago. The portrait cameo depicts Mercury with helmet. Each earring measures about 7/8 inches long by about 5/8 inch wide from side to side. The pair dates to the Victorian Era and is in lovely vintage condition. The backings have screw style fittings, these can work on pierced or non-pierced ears. Original antique matched earrings are so hard to find. An exceptional antique piece.