Piqué Divine: Antique Tortoiseshell Earrings
Dating to the 17th century, piqué work is the decorative art of inserting minute bits of metal (often gold and silver) into a medium to form a design. Typically very exacting and painstaking, the work is often delicate and the patterns are usually small inlays such as flowers.
Gorgeous double hoop earrings use tortoiseshell as its base with the brown and caramel hues complimenting the inset silver, rose and yellow gold pieces. A series of three intricate and ornate foliate designs of very fine piqué work embellish the three sections of the earring from the oval surmount to the oval hoops. The symmetry is divine and the overall perspective is harmony of form. Please note that all of the piqué is present.
Date: Circa 1870.
Measurements: 2-5/16 inches (5.8 cm) in length including ear wire and 1-3/4 inches (4.4 cm) without by 7/8 of an inch (2.2 cm) at the widest. Weight of 6.3 grams (4.0 dwt) for the pair.
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