Earring

1800-1867 (made)
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Not currently on display at the V&A

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Place Of Origin

Italian women have always loved lavish display. Even for the poorest, a rich show of jewellery was all important. Italian goldsmiths were expert at making a little material go a very long way. Many pieces seem too large to wear comfortably, but they are usually made of very thin gold, and are much lighter than they appear.

All Italian women wore gold earrings. Their shapes varied widely in different places. This earring comes from Lazio. Simple hoop earrings, often very large and with facetted or domed decoration, were common throughout central and northern Italy in the 19th century, and are still widely worn today.

It was bought as part of the Castellani collection of Italian Peasant Jewellery at the International Exhibition, Paris, 1867.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Faceted yellow sheet gold
Brief Description
Gold hoop earring with imitation faceted beads, Lazio (Italy), 1800-1867.
Physical Description
Hoop earring, with the lower edge made of hollow gold imitating a row of graduated faceted beads. Curved piece of wire across the top of the hoop. Hinged wire closing into an imitation faceted bead at the top of the decorative edge.
Dimensions
  • Diameter: 4.9cm
  • Depth: 0.9cm
Summary
Italian women have always loved lavish display. Even for the poorest, a rich show of jewellery was all important. Italian goldsmiths were expert at making a little material go a very long way. Many pieces seem too large to wear comfortably, but they are usually made of very thin gold, and are much lighter than they appear.



All Italian women wore gold earrings. Their shapes varied widely in different places. This earring comes from Lazio. Simple hoop earrings, often very large and with facetted or domed decoration, were common throughout central and northern Italy in the 19th century, and are still widely worn today.



It was bought as part of the Castellani collection of Italian Peasant Jewellery at the International Exhibition, Paris, 1867.
Bibliographic Reference
'Italian Jewellery as worn by the Peasants of Italy', Arundel Society, London, 1868, Plate 8
Collection
Accession Number
157-1868

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record createdNovember 14, 2008
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