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Victorian Pietra Dura Earrings

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20-1-11300

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ABOUT THESE EARRINGS

Pretty pansies tied with bright blue bows are dramatically set as mosaics against a matte black hardstone background, and surrounded by brightly burnished gold, in these striking Victorian pietra dura Pietra dura (translation hardstone) refers to a Florentine mosaic technique that is descendant from the Roman opus sectile mosaic style. In this technique, carefully sawn pieces of gemstones are fitted together like a jigsaw puzzle to form an image. The pietra dura technique blossomed during the Renaissance and revived in the 19th century. Read more on AJU... pietra dura Pietra dura (translation hardstone) refers to a Florentine mosaic technique that is descendant from the Roman opus sectile mosaic style. In this technique, carefully sawn pieces of gemstones are fitted together like a jigsaw puzzle to form an image. The pietra dura technique blossomed during the Renaissance and revived in the 19th century. Read more on AJU... ear drops. Hand fabricated in 18K yellow gold (14K ear wires), they measure a little over 3/4 inch in diameter. Circa 1885. The mosaics are Italian, the frames either American or British.

Details

Materials:
18 Karat Yellow Gold
Length:
1 1/16 Inch
Width:
13/16 Inch
Height:
1/8 Inch
Gram Weight:
7.8 Grams
Period:
Victorian

About Victorian Jewelry

The eclectic Victorians didn’t limit themselves when it came to motifs and themes—if it struck their fancy, they turned it into jewelry. Sweet and sentimental with a distinct romantic streak, Victorian gems expanded upon their Georgian predecessors. The array of styles that blossomed (sometimes quite literally) during this era endure to this day.

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As with anything of value, especially sentimental value, taking good care of your vintage and antique jewelry from Lang will enhance its beauty and extend its lifespan. We encourage you to have your jewelry checked and cleaned by us or by your trusted local jeweler every six months, to ensure that each piece is in good wearable condition with all gemstones in place. It’s not uncommon for stones to loosen over time, and it’s much easier to tighten a loose stone than to replace a lost one! As stated in our Repair Policy, we strongly recommend that you allow us to perform any repairs, since our jewelers are specialists in restoring vintage and antique jewelry.

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