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Vintage Blackamoor Earrings - Venetian Dreams
Vintage Blackamoor Earrings - Venetian Dreams
Vintage Blackamoor Earrings - Venetian Dreams
Vintage Blackamoor Earrings - Venetian Dreams
Vintage Blackamoor Earrings - Venetian Dreams
Vintage Blackamoor Earrings - Venetian Dreams

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Traditionally produced for centuries as a specialty item in Venice and Croatia, this pair of vintage Moretto earrings incorporate a motif that was inspired by the styles of the East.

Believed to have protective powers, it was worn in the left ear as a talisman or amulet against evil. A classic design, the figure is typically is a bust or a head of a young African male.

Also made into rings and brooches as well as earrings, by the 19th century this type of jewelry became expensive and sought after by the well-to-do of that era.

Conjuring images of the exotic “Orient” and of the free-spirited Venice Carnivale, this pair of 14k yellow gold Moretto earrings is rendered with a black enamel head that is topped by a gold and cream hued turban accented with dots of more jet colored enamel.

The top part of the gold waistcoat has engraved leaf details. The earrings still have the original back to front gold ear wires.

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Vintage Blackamoor Earrings - Venetian Dreams

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Date: Circa 1940

Measurements: Length of ½ of an inch by 1/4 of an inch in width. Weight of 3.0 grams.

Hallmarks: 585 and two other indistinct European marks.

Condition: Excellent.

Origin: European, most like Italian or Croatian.

Note: The word “Blackamoor" (in Italian Moretto, moretti) is a commonly used term in jewelry which refers to a specific type of imagery, that of a black African. Used in art, jewelry, armorial designs and the decorative arts, such figures have been a specialty of Venice since the 16th century.

According to Newman’s “An Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry” such pieces were made as a cameo or as an ornament in the round to decorate a pendant, brooch, hatpin or the shank of a seal. They were, and still are, a specialty of Venice but were also produced elsewhere (such as Croatia) from the 16th to 19th centuries.

Story

Traditionally produced for centuries as a specialty item in Venice and Croatia, this pair of vintage Moretto earrings incorporate a motif that was inspired by the styles of the East.

Believed to have protective powers, it was worn in the left ear as a talisman or amulet against evil. A classic design, the figure is typically is a bust or a head of a young African male.

Also made into rings and brooches as well as earrings, by the 19th century this type of jewelry became expensive and sought after by the well-to-do of that era.

Conjuring images of the exotic “Orient” and of the free-spirited Venice Carnivale, this pair of 14k yellow gold Moretto earrings is rendered with a black enamel head that is topped by a gold and cream hued turban accented with dots of more jet colored enamel.

The top part of the gold waistcoat has engraved leaf details. The earrings still have the original back to front gold ear wires.

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