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Gracious Living - Napoleonic Era Gold Pearl Earrings
Gracious Living - Napoleonic Era Gold Pearl Earrings
Gracious Living - Napoleonic Era Gold Pearl Earrings
Gracious Living - Napoleonic Era Gold Pearl Earrings
Gracious Living - Napoleonic Era Gold Pearl Earrings
Gracious Living - Napoleonic Era Gold Pearl Earrings
Gracious Living - Napoleonic Era Gold Pearl Earrings

In the very early 1800’s during the age of the Napoleonic Wars, the aristocracy and the rich relinquished their gold and other precious items, for the war effort. As often the case, economic vagaries resulted in design changes in the decorative arts.

For jewelry, wafer-thin gold in profile, and maximum presence from the front were artfully employed. Less certainly appeared like more.

Scarce, these Georgian earrings epitomize this gracious style favored around 1810. So elegant in form and shape, the elements are comprised of 10k gold (with 14k gold later wires). Construed in three parts, the entire earring moves and sways as you do.

Handmade chains drape from the surmount and attach at the middle drop, then again near the end. Chains of this type were frequently found in earrings of the period, often adorning the outer areas of the sections.

Gold filigree work spirals through the surmount and elongated diamond-shaped middle. Natural saltwater pearls embellish the middle and one at the bottom (cultured).

See the book, "Earrings from Antiquity to the Present" by Amanda Triossi and Daniella Mascetti on pages 90 and 91 for similar examples.

Gracious Living - Napoleonic Era Gold Pearl EarringsGracious Living - Napoleonic Era Gold Pearl EarringsGracious Living - Napoleonic Era Gold Pearl EarringsGracious Living - Napoleonic Era Gold Pearl EarringsGracious Living - Napoleonic Era Gold Pearl EarringsGracious Living - Napoleonic Era Gold Pearl EarringsGracious Living - Napoleonic Era Gold Pearl Earrings
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Gracious Living - Napoleonic Era Gold Pearl Earrings

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Date: Circa 1810.

Measurements: Length of 3 1/4 inches and just over 3 inches without ear wire and 15/16 inches at the widest. Weight of 8.3 grams.

Condition: Very good, tiny restorations of connection points at various spots, all only visible with magnification; bottom pearls replaced with cultured ones, later ear wires.

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In the very early 1800’s during the age of the Napoleonic Wars, the aristocracy and the rich relinquished their gold and other precious items, for the war effort. As often the case, economic vagaries resulted in design changes in the decorative arts.

For jewelry, wafer-thin gold in profile, and maximum presence from the front were artfully employed. Less certainly appeared like more.

Scarce, these Georgian earrings epitomize this gracious style favored around 1810. So elegant in form and shape, the elements are comprised of 10k gold (with 14k gold later wires). Construed in three parts, the entire earring moves and sways as you do.

Handmade chains drape from the surmount and attach at the middle drop, then again near the end. Chains of this type were frequently found in earrings of the period, often adorning the outer areas of the sections.

Gold filigree work spirals through the surmount and elongated diamond-shaped middle. Natural saltwater pearls embellish the middle and one at the bottom (cultured).

See the book, "Earrings from Antiquity to the Present" by Amanda Triossi and Daniella Mascetti on pages 90 and 91 for similar examples.

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