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THE BOUNTY OF THE SEA ( Antique Victorian Jewelry Tortoiseshell Earrings ): These dazzling designed Victorian pierced earrings are made of polished Tortoiseshell. (c. 1870-80) The Victorians were extremely fond of Tortoiseshell and used it for hair ornaments, combs, brushes, fans and small boxes – as well as jewelry! Tortoiseshell is heated, then molded, then polished. It was considered appropriate for mourning after Prince Albert's death in 1861. The really lustrous feel and light weight made it perfect for exquisitely executed earrings. A free swinging oval of translucent Tortoiseshell provides the showcase for the decorative center design elements. Sleek and chic, the deep natural tone of the chocolate shell is a mix of gold, amber and all shades of brown that provide the coloration of the true tortoiseshell itself. These earring – over 100 years old – appear perfectly modern today. Because of 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 colored stones which emerged as the Edwardian styles took the stage. These fanciful and feminine earrings that so captured the essence of the 19th Century – were never to be seen again.

Condition: Excellent. Rare design. Gold posts for pierced ears.
Size: The large oval is 1 3/4” long, 1 1/2” wide. In center 5/8” oval and 1” carved classical ornaments ending in circular orbs.

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