Straight from the pages of a book on the history of European jewelry, these natural pearl and gold lovelies are configured as day night earrings.
In two parts, wear the top, or add the dangle; either way they are a smashing look.
Likely from Italy or perhaps nearby countries such as France or Northern Spain, their form is that of a hollow teardrop shaped from 10-14k gold spirals and swirls.
The surmounts are convex disks of gold with an added twisted bold border. Throughout, natural freshwater seed pearls have been wired to the gold imparting a rich and ornate style.
Peasant jewelry, or provincial jewelry, highlighted the distinct regional dress and costumes of the people and cultures throughout the world. Many can be more difficult to date since styles may have persisted longer than those of the major metropolises, sometimes decades or longer. These have been dated conservatively to the mid 19th century.
Photographs are from the book, "Peasant Art in Italy", edited by Sydney A. Churchill, plate 273.