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Earrings

  • Place of origin:

    France (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1760 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Opaline and white pastes (glass) set in silver

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dame Joan Evans

  • Museum number:

    M.154A&B-1975

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 14, shelf A, box 1 []

Very sophisticated imitation jewellery was made in Europe in the 18th century. It was sold by many of the leading jewellers. This style of earring (with three drops from a central top) is known as a girandole, and was very typical of the mid- to late 18th century. Before Australian opals became accessible, the opal was a rare stone. Here its shimmering beauty was achieved by setting a pink foil beneath a milky blue glass.

Physical description

Pair of girandole earrings with circular top and three drops hanging from a stylized bow, made of silver with opaline and colourless paste (glass)

Place of Origin

France (probably, made)

Date

ca. 1760 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Opaline and white pastes (glass) set in silver

Descriptive line

Pair of earrings, opaline and white pastes (glass) set in silver, probably made in France, about 1760

Materials

Paste (glass); Silver

Subjects depicted

Bow

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Accessories; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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