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.