The wirework on this Etruscan Revival orb depicts a floral motif that moves asymmetrically across the pendant. The motif cuts the orb into sections, creating half-circles and an effect that is charmingly off-kilter. The gold’s dark patina highlights the wirework, drawing the eye to the playful flowers that meander over the shape of the orb.
Circa the 1890’s, the pendant’s details exemplify the Etruscan Revival era. In the early 1800’s, there was a large excavation of Etruscan tombs outside of Rome. Within these tombs were pieces of original Etruscan jewelry. The Etruscans were master artisans, they created 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. Etruscan Revival jewelry quickly rose to popularity during the Victorian Era and jewelers created their own versions of these ancient pieces.
The pendant weighs 2.25 grams. It is 1/2” across, 7/8” from top to bottom including the bail and decorative ball.