French 1880 Etruscan Revival Pendant Earrings Suite In 19Kt Gold With Natural Pearls
French Etruscan revival suite
Beautiful three-dimensional pieces, created in Paris France during the Victorian era (1837-1901) back in the 1880, This very versatile suite has been crafted with exceptional craftmanship of geometric Etruscan revival patterns in solid rich yellow gold of 19 karats. The large piece is fitted with a hinged horizontal pin bar with a closure hook to wear as a brooch and a bale to wear in a chain. The drop earrings are fitted with flexible hinged French hooks
Embellished with 51 natural round white-pink-gray pearls graduated between 1.5 to 4.5 mm, all of them mounted in bezel and prongs settings
The three pieces together has a total weight of 26.6 Grams. The pendant have a measurements of 65 mm by 27 mm (2.56 x 1.06 Inches) and the earrings are 31 mm by 15 mm (1.22 x 0.59 Inches).
Stamped with several French hallmarks for the maker's mark and the assay warranty mark for the gold.
The Victorian era is one of the most influenced and influential periods of antique jewelry. This period is defined by the British monarch, in this case, Alexandrina Victoria, the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, as well as the Empress of India, years 1837-1901. There are 3 sub-periods within this era. First, the early, Romantic period, which is soaked in traditions, natural motifs in gold and silver, clear stones only being worn during the day and colored gems by night.
The second being the Grand or mourning period, which coincides with the death of Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert the consort, who died in December of 1861. This period included large, dark, somber, dramatic jewelry, with a lot of black onyx, jet wood, amethyst, garnet and gold. This lasted until 1880's, when the aesthetic period of jewelry began.
The Late or third stage of the Victorian period, use more complex and feminine motifs, returning to the natural, including many floral and celestial designs, with more decadent gemstones, lasting until the turn of the century. The Victorian era of jewelry includes many movements found in other countries, including revivals such as the Etruscan the Roman and the Egyptian as well as the Art Nouveau, Liberty style and Arts and Crafts design movements which lead into the beginning of the twentieth century.
Revival jewelry: The styles from the renaissance and Middle Ages, begun in the 1850’s, The Renaissance and Egyptian revivals were joined by a classical revival of Greek and Etruscan styles to conform a new aesthetic. As a result of the construction work on the Suez Canal in the mid-1860’s and the Egyptian excavations of Auguste Mariette and the resultant exhibit of Egyptian treasures at the exposition Universelle in 1867, a fascination for all things Egyptian and ancient cultures developed.
Note: Many nineteenth-century jewelers, the most famous being the House of Castellani, were inspired to create their own versions of these ancient pieces, hence “Etruscan Revival.” Characteristics of Etruscan style jewelry include use of high karat gold and semi-precious stones like lapis, malachite and agates, and most distinguishingly, the use of intricate filigree and granulation.
Collateral: They are accompanied by a presentation jewelry box.
Condition: The overall condition of this three pieces suite is excellent. Beside the little normal wear, there is no damage to the gold. The pearls are secured in the settings. This piece has been carefully inspected to guarantee the condition and authenticity.
INVENTORY REF: PE0000MENM/.6394