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Earrings

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1825 (made)
    1819-1838 (marked)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Enamelled gold with chrysoprases

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dame Joan Evans

  • Museum number:

    M.32A&B-1962

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 16, shelf D, box 2 []

Gold, in a variety of treatments, became a dominant element in jewellery from the 1820s. It was used successfully in mesh necklaces and bracelets, gold chain and wire work, also as a foil to gemstones.

The technique of filigree with spirals and granules (cannetille and grainti) was revived in France then copied in England. Jewellers liked the economical use of gold and women appreciated the intricacy of the style.

Coloured golds were also popular. In gold alloy more copper gives a redder gold, while extra zinc or zinc and silver will result in a pale yellow gold

Physical description

Necklace, gold mesh and filigree, with enamelled decoration, set with chrysoprases. Paris warranty marks for 1819-38.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

ca. 1825 (made)
1819-1838 (marked)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Enamelled gold with chrysoprases

Marks and inscriptions

Mark on loop of both earrrings
Paris warranty marks for 1819-38.

Descriptive line

Pair of earrings, gold mesh and filigree, with enamelled decoration, set with chrysoprases, France, about 1825

Production Note

Paris warranty marks for 1819-38.

Materials

Gold; Enamel; Chrysoprase

Subjects depicted

Filigree

Categories

Jewellery; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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