These enchanting earrings evidence the very fine workmanship characteristic of high-quality mosaic jewelry from the start of the 20th century. The individual pieces of glass mosaic (tesserae) are typically smaller, the older a piece is, and these are quite small -- not as miniscule as those from the 19th century, but far smaller than we see on more modern examples. Also arguing for an early dating are the swirling filigree volutes that frame the pretty floral mosaics. These show strong Art Nouveau influence and Nouveau was totally passé after WWI.
Each earring measures a tad under an inch across and is marked ITALY on its reverse. No doubt they were acquired in Rome as Grand Tour souvenirs about a hundred years ago, although they reached us from an East Coast estate. Their condition is remarkably good. The gilded filigree remains shiny and fresh, and even the earring backs show little wear to the finish. These screw-on fasteners are certainly original -- right for the period, when ear-piercing was considered a bit barbaric -- but a good jeweler could easily change them to posts, if you prefer.
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