Georgian Natural Pearl & Filigree Earrings
Dating back 2000 years ago, the boat shaped earring, in various forms, is one of those designs that have been worn for millennia—named as such since the crescent configuration mirrored the shape of hulls of the boats of the ancient Greeks, Romans and Etruscans.
Boat type earrings in the form of this 14k yellow gold pair originated in the 17th century. Large baroque pearls perform a pas de deux with twisted gold wire which has been coiled and wrapped to form peacock feather-like paisley shapes. Each creamy white pearl varies in both size and shape and averages 6 mm by 7.5 mm by 6.5 mm in size. The radiant luminescent pearls have hues that include green, purple and pink. Individually drilled, each is held in place with wire. Please note that two of the interior wires are not gold.
Like a white dove held within a golden cage, the interior pearl swings freely with any movement as does the one suspended and crested with a gold filigree cap. Back to front ear wires are accented with yet another pearl (a bit more fixed in position) dressed in a headpiece of filigree gold.
Condition: Excellent; one interior pearl more grey white.
Measurements: More than 2-1/8 inches (5.5 cm) in total length and just shy of 1 inch (2.4 cm) at the widest. This pair of antique earrings has a weight of 14.6 grams.
Date & Origin: Late 18th or early 19th century as this design and similar ones began in the 17th century and continued; most likely Spanish or southern Italian in origin.