Long earrings of gold and filigree, Georgian style mariage
At first glance, these earrings look like the typical torpedo earrings of the years between 1820 and 1830, when fashion demanded eccentric updos, elaborate hats or loosely wrapped silk turbans. Earrings to match this array of fashionable extravagances had to be long enough to be noticed - but at the same time simple enough not to make the wearer appear overloaded. These requirements were met by earrings that today are known by their shape as "torpedo" earrings. Typically, they consist of a slender, elongated body, usually with a small additional element at the top and bottom, and were made of gold or pinchbeck. The present pair also corresponds to this type. A careful look, however, reveals that this is a mariage, an amalgamation of various elements into a new piece of jewellery. The flowers as well as the hemispheres placed above the sphere are made of Portuguese filigree. Portuguese filigree ornaments of this type can be dated only imprecisely, as they have traditionally been made consistently for a long time. However, they have been cleverly used here as they are reminiscent of the Cannetille filigree which was very popular in the 1820s and 1830s. The hollow made bodies decorated with floral reliefs, on the other hand, appear to be of Victorian origin. They were likely created in the late 19th century and were probably part of a pair of earrings earlier. The resulting mariage is coherent and a nice addition to early 19th century jewelry in particular. It is not possible to say with certainty when it was combined. However, we suspect its origin in more recent times.
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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.