À la Japonaise

Antique earrings in bamboo look, England around 1890

These earrings are inspired by Far Eastern nature. Two rings are set under a simple ear hoop, the shape of which is reminiscent of two bamboo sticks with their characteristic internodes. In the late 19th century, when Japan's borders had just opened to the West and European artists looked to Asia for new impulses, a number of jewellery pieces and objects with similar motifs were created. A famous early example of bamboo motifs came from the Tiffany company in New York. In the 1870s, they created a Japanese design line of silverware that featured bamboo alongside motifs such as cherry blossoms, dragonflies, and birds. At the Paris World's Fair of 1878, Tiffany won the grand prize of silver design with this and had the dubious honor of having these designs now copied around the world. The earrings follow this fashion à la japonaise and date from Victorian England. They are beautifully preserved and a fine example of the European enthusiasm for the culture of the Far East in the late 19th century, which invigorated the creation of art with new impulses and thus produced unusually modern and pared-down pieces of jewellery such as the present one.

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If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.