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18th century Iberian tri-part bow earrings with diamond pastes

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These early earrings, most likely from Iberian Peninsula (Spain or Portugal), date from the 1700’s. They test as low karat gold, which might, however, be a heavy gold wash.

The earwires are high karat gold, hinged at the bottom, and meant to go in from the back of the ear.

The earrings are tripartite, the top section being a round shape, engraved or cast with floral and foliage designs, and closed-back set with four diamond-like square silvered glass ‘gems’ around a larger square gem. Suspended from this via a tongue is a bow shape drop, made in the same fashion as the round section, closed-back set with 6 ‘gems’ of alternating size around a larger gem in the center. Suspended from this is a teardrop section of similar design, set with four ‘gems’ around a larger square center.

The reflections are bright and clean, almost like Vauxhall glass jewels.

The earrings measure 2 5/8” overall, and at the widest point measure 1 ¼”.

[At this time women loved jewels—and an impressive look. European goldsmiths could make something spectacular out of a small amount of material, using thin sheets of gold or silver to make jewels, decorating them with glass stones which looked like gems. Sometimes gilded silver was used, and shapes varied from country to country.]

Also available on our website is an Iberian bow pendant: a fitting complement to these earrings. [#26661]

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Price: $1,295

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Inventory #26567

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