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The World on a String - Victorian Gold Earrings


Archaeological revival à la Victorian does these 14k yellow gold earrings proud. Known as “crotalia”, these Roman earrings are formed using a baton shaped rod from which two beads are suspended. The etiology comes from the tinkling or jangly sound of the crotalo – a simple percussive instrument similar to the sound of a rattlesnake.

Here two hollow golden orbs with surfaces encrusted with filigree of applied tiny wire circlets are suspended by gold corded rope. A cylindrical baton decorated with orbed terminals is threaded through the differently sized pendant bezels. Surmounting the baton is a half orb (with a flat back).

The earrings are a superb short to medium length and are a wonderful example of the inspiring detail in Victorian jewelry, e.g., the tiny knobs on each ball and the hinged ear wire at the top. Please note that the hinged wires and safety clasp are original to the earrings. Each earrings is different, so there is a left and right - so typical of the detail oriented Victorians. Wear them framing the face with orbs descending upward or downward.

Date: Circa 1870.

+ Measurements, Condition & More

Measurements: 1-1/6 inches (3.2 cm) in length by 5/8 of an inch (1.6 cm) in width. Weight of 5.1 grams (3.3 dwt) for the pair.

Condition: Excellent.

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