Kirsten's Corner Jewelry
14K Gold & Amethyst Etruscan Revival Drop Earrings
These are a stunning pair of 14k gold and amethyst Etruscan Revival drop earrings from the 1890s. The design motif incorporates Etruscan Revival wirework with a leaf design.
There are graphic cutouts, engraved lines and twisted wire patterns that create remarkable texture and detail. This surrounds the oval amethyst, which is set in the top portion of the design. Each amethyst stone measures about 10.75 mm by 8 mm and together the earrings have a total amethyst weight of 6 carats.
These stunning earrings are part of the rich history of Etruscan Revival jewelry design, which was very popular in the Victorian era. The style dates to the 1800s when large excavation projects outside of Rome uncovered jewelry from Etruscan tombs.
The Etruscans were master artisans, creating breathtaking pieces of jewelry through their use of gold wire and beading. The news of the excavation of these tombs, and the treasures contained inside them, spread throughout Europe. After this discovery, Etruscan Revival jewelry quickly rose to popularity.
True to Etruscan Revival form, these earrings have a stunning presence. They measure 1.5” from top to bottom, a nice size that when worn graces the neck. They have original earring wires that are elongated, offering support to the drop of the earring. They are unmarked and acid test to 14k. Together they weigh 8.8 grams.
These are a remarkable pair of earrings, and they would make an incredible gift or addition to your jewelry collection.