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Pair of earrings

Pair of earrings

  • Place of origin:

    USA (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, with rose-cut diamonds and onyx cameos

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the American friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patricia V. Goldstein

  • Museum number:

    M.108:1, 2-2007

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 20, shelf B, box 8 []

These earrings have cameo portraits of classical female heads. A cameo is a carving in relief, often exploiting the natural layering and contrasting colours of the stone.

Ancient heads and mythological scenes were copied or adapted from antique gems. Ladies had their portraits made, in classical or Renaissance dress. Subjects were drawn from literature, contemporary sculpture or paintings.

Physical description

Earrings with cameos of classical female heads

Place of Origin

USA (possibly, made)


ca. 1870 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Gold, with rose-cut diamonds and onyx cameos


Height: 46 mm, Width: 19 mm, Depth: 12 mm

Descriptive line

Gold earrings with onyx cameos of classical female heads, possibly USA, about 1870.


Gold; Diamonds; Onyx



Subjects depicted

Female head


Jewellery; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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