Antique 18 karat Gold Etruscian Revival Ear Pendants A pair of English Etruscan Revival 18 karat gold ear pendants. The earrings are in a shield motif with woven chain festooned from a centered ring to the torpedo shaped drops. The center hanging drop is a disk girdled with wire in the archaeological revival style. Circa: 1870’s
Ca. 1825, France. Enamelled gold with Chrysoprases. Gold, in a variety of treatments, became a dominant element in jewellery from the 1820s. It was used successfully in mesh necklaces and bracelets, gold chain and wire work, also as a foil to gemstones. The technique of filigree with spirals and granules (cannetille and grainti) was revived in France then copied in England. Jewellers liked the economical use of gold and women appreciated the intricacy of the style.