Austro Hungarian Empire Gilt Earrings
Characteristically highly colored enamel accents this pair of Austrian Hungarian earrings rendered in silver gilt (gilded gold over silver). Three elements comprise the typical construction for this region.
The middle element displays a beautiful enameled bow motif embellished with a half natural seed pearl. The long teardrop of turquoise blue enamel cabochon is surrounded by white, turquoise and cobalt blue with peach accents. Another half seed pearl joins the bottom drop. The surmount has floral forms of forest green enamel surrounding yet another half seed pearl.
Gorgeous deep enamel colors make this pair of particularly wearable earrings quite eye-catching.
Condition: Good; later modern 14k gold ear wires with tiny dollops of silver solder and polishing where the previous ear fittings were removed. One small area of peach enamel beside the turquoise enamel cabochon (at 9:00) is missing. Very light surface imperfections on the enamel cabochons appear as a vein of turquoise (see photos). Otherwise excellent.
Measurements: More than 2-1/8 inches (5.5 cm) in length by ¾ of an inch (2 cm) at the widest. The pair weighs 20.2 grams.
Date & Origin: Circa 1910; Austro-Hungarian in origin.