Victorian Etruscan Revival EarringsIrene Byrne & Co
Revel in this pair of 9ct gold intricate Victorian Etruscan revival earrings. Made and dated in February 1878, the jeweller was so confident in the design that they went to great lengths to registering it with both earrings bearing Victorian registration marks to the back of the spheres (similar to a patent today).
The earrings are a fine example of the Grand Victorian Period with a resurgence in the Etruscan revival from their fascination with ancient history and civilisations. Spheres were also a favoured subject for the time.
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Design Style: Etruscan Revival
Material: 9ct Yellow Gold
Measurements: 12.90 x 36.00 mm
Victorian Period (1837 - 1901):
The Victorian Period defined by none other than Queen Victoria herself, had three stages - the Romantic, the Grand and the Aesthetic.
It was during the Romantic era that Queen Victoria married her Prince, Albert. Sentimental motifs such as; hearts, lover’s knots, flowers, bows, crescent moons and particularly serpents (which was subject to Queen Victoria’s engagement ring which represented enduring love) became extremely popular in jewellery design. Cameos, Enamelling and the use of bright coloured gemstones such as; garnets, amethysts, turquoise, pearls and diamonds gave way to the creation of jewellery that was beginning to speak a symbolic language of its own.
The Grand era was a sombre period which saw Queen Victoria mourning the death of her beloved husband Albert. It encompassed 20 years during which time Victoria would only wear black and mourning jewellery. As a result the Whitby Jet industry flourished and onyx and deeper coloured garnets rose in popularity. Rings, lockets and brooches were commissioned with compartments for a lock of a loved one’s hair and were often engraved with the person’s name, age and date of death.
The Aesthetic era saw a return to the light-heartedness of the Romantic Era. The discoveries being made through archaeology led to an Etruscan Revival with Greek, Roman and Renaissance influences becoming apparent in jewellery design as well as symbols of good luck and fortune.