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  • Place of origin:

    Papal States (made)

  • Date:

    1815-1867 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold filigree

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.

All Italian women wore gold earrings. The shapes varied widely in different places. This earring comes from the Papal States, but hoop earrings of various designs were common throughout Italy. It is made of gold filigree, which was a speciality of Italy in the 19th century.

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

Physical description

Gold hoop earring with hinged wire. The hoop is made from a band of filigree scrolls, interspersed with domes, in a plain frame. Inside the hoop is a pendant, shaped like a vase, of filigree scrolls. All the filigree is made of twisted wire.

Place of Origin

Papal States (made)


1815-1867 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Gold filigree

Marks and inscriptions

crossed keys with mitre above, in shield-shaped frame
Mark for 750 standard gold, Papal States, 1815-1870
On the wire.


Length: 6.3 cm, Width: 4.9 cm, Depth: 0.8 cm

Descriptive line

Gold filigree hoop earring, Papal States (Italy), 1815-1867.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

'Italian Jewellery as worn by the Peasants of Italy', Arundel Society, London, 1868, Plate 3






Jewellery; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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