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Earring

1680-1700 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This sumptuous and colourful suite of jewellery is a rare surviving example. From 1650 to 1675 ribbon bows were a popular dress trimming. They were often combined with a piece of jewellery which might hang below as a pendant. In this case both the pendant and the ribbon bow are jewelled, with the ribbons of hessonite garnets twisting through the silver foliage. The jeweller has set coloured foil beneath the stones to enhance the rich colour of the hessonite garnets.


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Brief Description
Earring, rose-cut diamonds set in silver and hessonite garnets set in gold, probably the Netherlands, about 1680- 1700.
Physical Description
One of a pair of earrings with diamonds set in silver, and hessonite garnets set in gold; the settings engraved with flowers on the reverse.
Dimensions
  • Length: 7.2cm
  • Width: 3.6cm
Credit line
Given by Dame Joan Evans
Summary
This sumptuous and colourful suite of jewellery is a rare surviving example. From 1650 to 1675 ribbon bows were a popular dress trimming. They were often combined with a piece of jewellery which might hang below as a pendant. In this case both the pendant and the ribbon bow are jewelled, with the ribbons of hessonite garnets twisting through the silver foliage. The jeweller has set coloured foil beneath the stones to enhance the rich colour of the hessonite garnets.
Associated Objects
Bibliographic Reference
Dazzling Desire. How human desires manifest themselves as diamonds. Catalogue of the exhibition at MAS I Museum aan de Stroom, Antwerp, 18 October 2017 to 14 January 2018. Antwerp: MAS Books, 2017. ISBN 9789085867531
Collection
Accession Number
M.98A-1975

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record createdMarch 14, 2000
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