During the 1830s the preferred shape for earrings was an elongated teardrop or torpedo form. Hair was coiffed into a more horizontal profile and dresses expanded outwardly as well.
Because of the extreme length, earrings needed to be light in weight in order to be worn comfortably. As a result, jewelers of the time used thin sheets of gold to create long torpedo-shaped pendants heavily embossed with repoussé and cannetille work.
Exquisitely crafted, these three-part earrings of 15k yellow gold give the impression of weight. Typically hollow, the drops are embellished with delicate gold wire work of scrolling tendrils, fans and loops.
Cannetille flower clusters make up the surmount and a wafer thin element is used as a small dangle.