If you turn to page 75 of “Earrings: From Antiquity to the Present” by Amanda Triossi and Daniela Mascetti, you will see several examples of these quintessential earrings from the 1840’s.
Fall in love with history and with something that can adorn most any outfit and suffuse it with chic. Dramatic and long, these were ideally suited for up swept coiffures, low cut bodices, and ladies showing off their swan-like, alabaster necks.
Many ear bobs of this period were repoussé work – thin sheets of metal hammered and shaped from the back into a myriad of forms.
These are created in two parts of paste and pinchbeck. Vivid teal blue paste stones are crystal clear and tranquil of hue. There are one each of on oval faceted shape and one elongated teardrop.
The use of scrolls and flowers in deep relief lends an air of light and shadow to the forms of the pinchbeck. Light on the ear, they look far more weighty than in reality.
Pinchbeck never seems to tarnish from its gold-like presence. Straight out of an Ingres painting.