15K Gold Etruscan Revival Drop Earrings
A gorgeous pair of Etruscan Revival drop earrings made in the style of Castellani. The earrings are not marked with a maker's mark but they have a lot of similarities to the Italian goldsmith of Castellani, famous for his earrings inspired by archeological digs of the Etruscans during the 1830s-50s. Etruscan Revival jewelry was very popular in the Victorian era and has a rich and interesting history. In the early 1800s 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.
These drop earrings show some incredible cannetille gold bead work. The granulation is delicate and detailed; around the ornamentation we find decorative enamel elements in a rich royal blue color. Enamel is crisp and in great shape for its age. The earrings are made of two segments, the drop being approximately 1 inch in size with a top round bead segment of 15K gold that is approximately 1/4 of an inch. They weigh approximately 6 grams. The top bead segment has organic cannetille work that resembles a flower. The earrings have a hoop back, and here they are stamped with the gold content of 15K. They are made for pierced ears. They hang beautifully when worn, with nice movement and glow. They are a remarkable example of Etruscan revival drop earrings, and a rare find, with pristine enamel paint.