Fancy Fashion

Long Victorian gold earrings, England circa 1875

Fancy earrings were a big fashion of the years around 1870. Along with large pendants worn on dark velvet ribbons, they represented perhaps the biggest fashion in jewelry of that time. For the hairstyles of the time, which dictated corkscrew curls gathered at the nape of the neck, or a pile of curls piled high on the head, left the earlobes exposed, and so were a welcome showcase for a wide variety of jewellery designs. The present pair shows itself in fancy and decorative form. Under a hoop with an ornamental bouton are large pendulum-shaped pendants. In the center we see fanciful openwork elements, variations on the classic love knot motif. A suspended gold disc with decorative arching forms the shining highlight of the design. The earrings glow with an additional fine gold plating in rich yellow gold and swing with the wearer's every movement. Because they are hollow, typical of the period, they can be worn comfortably for long periods of time despite their size. Contemporary photographs show ladies wearing similar earrings with their day dress. A beautiful, unusual pair of drop earrings from a period that was particularly rich in earring designs - before fashion changed shortly afterwards to favour small dormeuses or even naked earlobes.

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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.