Striking Chandelier Earrings of Tortoise Shell and Gold

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Pique jewelry made an appearance in England and France during the English Victorian period, c.1870. This pair of earrings is a beautiful example of the art of pique work with a generous amount of inlaid gold that was all done by hand. Creating pique jewels was a delicate process. The toroise shell of a Hawkbill tortoise was carved, then painstakingly incised and inlaid with silver and gold patterns. Look closely at the pattern and imagine the time and patience used to insert each small dot and flower without breatking the shell. This is a lost art as is the art that created much of the Georgian and Victorian jewels. Tortoise, a rare species, can no longer be imported. The time element needed was highly valued but is a thing of the past. The earrings barely have weight. They have abundant show in an unique form. Measurements are: approx. 2 1/2 inches long. With at widest 3/4 in.
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Hastings on Hudson, NY
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Glorious Antique Jewelry
P.O. Box 444
Hastings on Hudson NY 10706
(347) 934-4847
1stdibs Dealer since 2009 Located in Hastings on Hudson, NY
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