Unusually large Victorian gold earrings, circa 1870
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. This was because 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, providing a welcome showcase for a wide variety of jewelry designs. The present pair presents itself in unusual size and decorative form. Under a hoop with ornamental hemisphere are three-link chains. Below them are oval pendant-shaped pendants. Made of 9-karat gold, the earrings shine with an additional fine gold plating in rich yellow gold and swing with the wearer's every movement. With a length of nine centimeters, the earrings are an impressive eye-catcher on the ear. For all their size, they are very light and thus very comfortable to wear even for longer periods of time, because they are made hollow, typical of the period. Contemporary photographs show ladies with similar earrings to the day dress. A beautiful, unusual pair of drop earrings from a period that was particularly rich in earring designs - before fashion turned shortly thereafter to favor small dormice or even naked earlobes.
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