Rare Etruscan Revival Vermeil Drop Earrings c 1870
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Directory: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Victorian: Pre 1900: Item # 115986
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The Etruscan civilization, which flourished along the western coast of Italy between 500 BCC and 300 BCE, inspired Victorian jewelers to some of their highest efforts. Granulation, the technique of painstakingly arranging tiny precious metal beads into beautifully textured designs and patterns, is one hallmark of fine Etruscan Revival jewelry; others are richly twisted filigree wire-work, dangling accents and stylized flowers.
*All* these forms of ornamentation are seen in this captivating pair of dangle earrings from the Mid-Victorian period. They're superbly handcrafted of vermeil (gold over sterling) in a wonderful inverted dome shape that reminds me of Tiffany lampshades. Crafted for pierced ears, they have French latching hooks of low carat gold and come from the estate of a stewardess who traveled the world and collected the best. Size is about 1 3/4" long and 1/2" wide.
Genuine Etruscan Revival jewels are so hard to find today that even good reproductions are fetching hundreds of dollars. Given their rarity, I can hardly believe my luck in having *four* Etruscan Revival pieces to offer at once. If you collect in this area, please be sure to see our other jewels of this type. Each will be not only a delight to wear now, but an investment for the future.
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