A rare pair of 18ct gold earrings that were made in 1891. They are in the Etruscan style that was popular in that period and have fine hand applied gold thread and ball work. The ancient Etruscans technical accomplishments are astonishing. From the beginning, gold workers mastered the most sophisticated of techniques. Hammered relief decoration otherwise known as repoussé, A means of decoration, achieved by soldering very fine gold or silver wires into intricate patterns. Historically, filigree was created by applying the wires to an underlying base. As the craft evolved, the base was abandoned and the result was a lighter, airier, lacy, openwork jewelry item. The lat... More and granulation. All of these methods were done using simple or basic tools. Jewellery from the Etruscan period was discovered in the Victorian period during excavation work in Italy. Castellani was the most famous of the jewellers who revived the techniques. These earrings are beautifully made and are set with an old mine cut diamond in each one.
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Victorian 18ct Gold Earrings Set With a Diamond
|Date & Origin||Victorian (1839-1901), English|
|Measurements||Diameter 1.2 cm|
Diamonds approx total weight 14 points
|Hallmarks||18 ( for 18ct gold) Assayed in Birmingham 1891|
Maker's mark WGM
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