Victorian Tortoise Shell Dangle Earrings
Greek vases, often referred to as amphora (amphorae), are the basis for the sleek and showy earrings. Simple can be the most effective and these earrings prove that. Slender amphorae are caved of natural tortoise shell and polished to a lustrous sheen and dangle from a thick open disk of tortoise shell. Two of the earlier forms that hail from ancient times combine in these superior modern looking earrings. The long lines of the earrings, juxtaposed with the curvaceous disc are both flattering to most any profile and feminine yet always in vogue.
Elongated to emphasize the sinewy neck, the earrings measure over 2 ¾ inches long (7 cm) by ¾ of an inch wide (2 cm). The top disc is 3 mm wide. In excellent condition the only flaw is a small loss at the inner top point of the handle of one vase; a tiny touch of glue at the top of the same vase where it meets the “O” fitting. Lightweight on the ear, easily worn every day. Circa 1860 - 1870 and possibly English in origin.