Ever distinctive, jewelry from the Iberian Peninsular takes its place in the history of jewelry with designs that veer away from Western European pieces.
Yet for the region, they are classic in their sensibilities and construction.
The 18th century possessed a number of commonalities in much of the jewelry (up to about 1790). Quintessential to those decades is a reliance on three-part construction. So too, floral motifs as well as the teardrop shape abound.
Complex and dominating metal work, relative to gems or diamonds, often pairs with sculptural, deep domes as in these top and bottom drops. Rose cut diamonds adorn each part, deeply embedded in the silver, with only their top areas visible.
A surmount and dangle with a frill of organic bent, and central elements in a quintessentially floral display are lyrical and pleasing to the eye. Appearing almost slate in color, the diamonds have a glint and undercurrent of electricity.
The deeply chased serpentine and ornate raised designs on the four domes place these in the Iberian region and within the earlier part of the 18th century. Not to mention, these touches are an outstanding visual exclamation point to the entire look.
Unlike other earrings of the pre Georgian era and region, these are wearable in size and weight.
See item 22088 for a similar slide pendant that is a near match.