Late Georgian Gold Day Night Earrings
This pair of late Georgian earrings has been rendered in warm tones of 18k yellow gold and decorated “en repoussé”. One of the oldest metal working techniques, it is a process in which sheets of precious metal (usually gold) are hammered and shaped from the back and then literally pushed out to create volumetric (three-dimensional quality) forms when viewed from the front.
Most of the earrings of this period are extremely long; however, these are a marvelously wearable length of almost perfect proportions. Day night earrings, the pendant can be removed from the back to front ear wire. The top or surmount may be worn separately for a more subtle, less formal daytime look. For the more elegant evenings the drop is added.
Suspended from a Fleur-de-Lys shaped surmount with typical back to front ear wires is a pendant drop detailed with foliate motifs and scrolled borders of rich repoussé work. Light and comfortable on the ear.
Measurements: 2 inches (5.1 cm) in length by ¾ of an inch (1.9 cm) at the widest. Weight of 7.5 grams for the pair.
Date & Origin: Circa 1840 and is most likely English in origin.