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Antique Georgian Berlin Iron and Onyx Earrings



Exotic Geiss round, scrolling vines are the top section of these Berlin Iron earrings c. 1820. We added the onyx pyramids, thereby creating a pair of romantic and very lovely chandelier earrings , light on the ear and uniquely beautiful. During the Napoleonic wars, Germany asked their citizens to turn in their gold jewelry to support the war effort that depleted the treasury of Germany. Wealthy aristocrats did so and in return were rewarded with jewelry made of iron in intricate designs. The aristocrats were proud to show their loyalty to their country by giving their gold for iron. The Berlin Iron jewelry became highly desired in Europe. The wealthy requested their ambassadors to bring home examples for them. Eventually Napoleon raided the foundries and stole molds for Berlin Iron. He commanded his jewelers to make iron jewels for him. These earring are 2 7/8 inches long and 7/8 of an inch wide. Very Good Condition


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  • Weight
    5.6 g
  • Dimensions
    Height: .88 in. (22.36 mm)Length: 2.88 in. (73.16 mm)
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  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Additions or alterations made to the original: Onyx drop added. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Stamford, CT
  • Reference Number
    Seller: BIE#31stDibs: LU3213841052

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