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Victorian Jewelry: VJ119

PEACOCK EYES & STERLING SHELLS ( Arts and Crafts Jewelry Peacock Eye Earrings ): This pair of sleek and seductive “Peacock Eye” earrings is the embodiment of the Arts & Crafts Movement. (c. 1890-1920) The peacock eye motif was associated with the Aesthetic Movement that included the Pre-Raphaelites of the art world. You can see peacock feathers in many of their exquisite medieval style paintings. The practitioners of the Arts & Crafts Movement were revivalists of a sort, but they re-interpreted the past. They rebelled against the excesses of Victorian ornamentation. In jewelry the intrinsic values of the materials was of secondary importance to design and workmanship. Most Arts & Crafts artisans preferred silver to gold and cabochon cut gemstones to faceted ones. These dazzling blue and green “peacock eyes” are hand crafted foiled glass. A graceful Sterling Silver shell shape forms the top of the each earring with a double-sided bezel set peacock eye at its center and a tiny silver ball drop. The entire earring swings freely from its original long silver shepherd’s hook ear wires. These earrings are marked “Sterling” on the back. There is currently a growing interest in the Arts & Crafts style. These “peacock eye” pieces are scarce and in high demand. I love their unique iridescent shine and intense colors. Wear them with denim or silk - for work or play. Condition: Excellent. Size: Total length from top of ear wire 2”, shell is 3/4” wide.

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