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Antique 1860s Amethyst Fringe Earrings

Created circa the 1860s, these antique 18K gold Italian fringe pendant earrings are set with amethysts. The flexible pendant earrings in the archaeological style are designed as circular tops suspending rectangular and triangular shaped plaques suspending a graduating baton fringe, highlighted throughout with circular and oval-cut amethysts in crimped collet settings and bead and wirework accents. Designed loosely in the archaeological revival style, these light and comfortable earrings beguile the eye with their rich purple-gold palette and airy movement.

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Item #: ER-21083
Country: Italy
Circa: 1860s
Dimensions: 2.5" length, 0.5" width.
Materials: 16 old oval cut amethysts; 18K Gold
Signed: With maker's marks for Vatican workshops

The craftsmen of the Vatican workshops created not only fine jewelry but also magnificent furniture, micro mosaics and other arts. The workshops' production was highly popular with European grand tourists, but also provided important works of decorative art as diplomatic gifts for foreign royalty on behalf of the Papacy.