The French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars had a definite impact on European culture. Jewelry often reflects the status (economic and cultural) of a geographic area and can be interpreted as reflecting status and social identity.
The French Revolution was an attempt to equalize the classes or at least reduce the vast gap between them whereas the Napoleonic Wars demanded that gold be surrendered for the war effort. Jewelers quickly became masters of illusion with the ability to make less appear more. For a short span of time the style for earrings was very lengthy but designed with a very flat profile, thus saving on the amount of gold needed.
Red carpet worthy and scarce, this pair of extremely large and showy pendant earrings were cut out of thin sheets of 14k yellow gold. Light on the ear as well as geometrical in shape, please note the absence of precious stones which were in scarce supply. Paste as well as enamel took over the role of decoration. Fine chains laterally connect wafer-thin two dimensional open work elements engraved with patterning. Articulated and very wearable, the multi-part earrings are set with seven (7) faceted red paste gems. One faceted ruby of .07 carats has replaced an original paste. Back to front ear wires complete the dramatic earrings.
Note: From the private collection of Lisa Stockhammer-Mial, owner of The Three Graces, purchased in 2011.
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