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Victorian Jewelry: VJ153

THE ART OF PIQUÉ ( Victorian Jewelry Piqué Tortoiseshell Earrings ): Piqué is by definition gold and/or silver inlaid into another material, such as Ivory or Tortoiseshell. By the mid-19th Century, this beautiful art found renewed popularity as a decoration for jewelry. The piqué jewelry fashion seemed to follow the popularity of Tortoiseshell. The lightness of the material lent itself well to earrings. These late Victorian Earrings are a sleek and chic example of the popular torpedo shaped drops with 4 flat tapering triangle sides. (Most likely English - c. 1870) The deep natural tone of the chocolate shell is the perfect counterpoint for the inset precious metals, as the light is reflected from every angle. Charming gold floral motifs grace the round tortoiseshell beads atop these articulated earrings, accented by the original gold earwires. The painstaking and laborious process of piqué, while delighting its admirers, faded from sight due to its time demands upon the creators. Its association with half-mourning as decreed by Queen Victoria ended with her death. Fashionable ladies rejected all dark colors in favor of silver and light or colorless stones which emerged as the Edwardian styles took the stage. These dainty and feminine earrings capture the essence of the 19th Century– never to be repeated again. Condition: Very good. A few tiny dots of silver piqué absent. Not visible to the naked eye. Size: Total length 2”, drop is 1 ½” long, ¼” wide at top.


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