Music For the Ears: Antique Pearl Lyre Earrings
Occasionally seen as a motif in late Georgian jewelry, the lyre form clearly expresses the tenets of classicism with the grace and fluidity embodied in the design sentiments of Georgian jewelers.
With an enchantment all its own, this exquisite pair of antique earrings is a standout in 15k yellow gold. Natural pearls of creamy white with whispers of purple, bronze and green accentuate the sensuality of the lyre pendant drop and its surmount. Held in a pearl caress pink topaz stones set in open backed petal crimped collets confer a decidedly feminine imprint. This type of mount came into favor in the second decade of the 19th century and remained in use for several more. Classically English, it displays three elements: top surmount, lyre form, and the middle drop with a square cut pink topaz crowned with a pyramid shaped trio of pearls. Perfect harmony of balance and symmetry with a single pearl at the crest of the surmount, a pair of pearls accentuating the top of the lyre only to culminate once again with a single pearl at the base of the lyre.
Measurements: 1-3/4 inches (4.5 cm) in length by 5/8 of an inch (1.5 cm) at the widest.
Condition: Excellent; later date 15k gold ear wires.
Date: Circa 1820 - 1830