18th Century Iberian Gold and Pink Paste Pendeloque Earrings

$1,900.00
About Details History
This beautiful pair of 18th century Iberian earrings are fashioned in 10k gold with vibrant pink paste gems. The style of the earrings - known as "pendeloque" - came into fashion in the 18th century. Ever so slightly simpler in style that the girandole earrings that preceded them, pendeloque earrings are typically formed with a cluster of sorts at the top, a bow-themed element in the middle, and a second cluster at the base. This style of earring was often quite heavy, with complex metalwork set with gemstones. These usual earrings are an interesting variation on the style. The lightweight body of the earrings follows the formula of pendeloque, but unusually, they are cut from thin 10k gold sheet and set with paste. The earrings have back to front wires and measure 2 1/8".

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  • Materials: 10k gold (tests), pink paste
  • Age: c. 1780
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Size: 2 1/8" length, 7/8" at the widest point
  • Location: To see these earrings in person please visit our shop in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.
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GEORGIAN (1714 - 1837) The Georgian Era was named for the English Kings George I, II, III and IV. Within the powerful nations of France and England, fine gemstone jewelry was worn only by the extremely wealthy, and the styles were regal and ornate. As imperialist war raged in the Americas, Caribbean, Australia, and beyond, the jewelry industry benefited: colored gems from all over the empire became newly available. A mix of artistic influences from around Europe contributed to the feminine, glittering jewels of the era. Dense, ornate Baroque motifs from Italy showed up in Georgian jewelry, as did French Rococo’s undulating flora and fauna. Neoclassical style made use of Greek and Roman motifs, which were newly popular due to the recently uncovered ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Lapidary methods improved: the dome-shaped rose cut was popular, as was the “old mine cut”, a very early iteration of today’s round brilliant cut. The boat-shaped marquise diamond cut was developed around this time, supposedly to imitate the smile of Louis XV’s mistress, the marquise de Pompadour. Paste—an imitation gemstone made from leaded glass—was newly developed in the 18th century, and set into jewelry with the same creativity and care as its more precious counterparts. Real and imitation gems were almost always set in closed-backed settings, lined on the underside with thin sheets of foil to enhance the color of the stone and highlight it's sparkle. This makes Georgian rings tough for modern women to wear, especially on an everyday basis: genteel, jewelry-owning ladies of the 18th century were not famous for working with their hands like we are. Nor did they wash their hands as much as we do. Water will virtually ruin a foiled setting, so take special care with your Georgian ring. Very little jewelry from this period is still in circulation, and it's very difficult to repair.
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About Details History
This beautiful pair of 18th century Iberian earrings are fashioned in 10k gold with vibrant pink paste gems. The style of the earrings - known as "pendeloque" - came into fashion in the 18th century. Ever so slightly simpler in style that the girandole earrings that preceded them, pendeloque earrings are typically formed with a cluster of sorts at the top, a bow-themed element in the middle, and a second cluster at the base. This style of earring was often quite heavy, with complex metalwork set with gemstones. These usual earrings are an interesting variation on the style. The lightweight body of the earrings follows the formula of pendeloque, but unusually, they are cut from thin 10k gold sheet and set with paste. The earrings have back to front wires and measure 2 1/8".

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  • Materials: 10k gold (tests), pink paste
  • Age: c. 1780
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Size: 2 1/8" length, 7/8" at the widest point
  • Location: To see these earrings in person please visit our shop in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.
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GEORGIAN (1714 - 1837) The Georgian Era was named for the English Kings George I, II, III and IV. Within the powerful nations of France and England, fine gemstone jewelry was worn only by the extremely wealthy, and the styles were regal and ornate. As imperialist war raged in the Americas, Caribbean, Australia, and beyond, the jewelry industry benefited: colored gems from all over the empire became newly available. A mix of artistic influences from around Europe contributed to the feminine, glittering jewels of the era. Dense, ornate Baroque motifs from Italy showed up in Georgian jewelry, as did French Rococo’s undulating flora and fauna. Neoclassical style made use of Greek and Roman motifs, which were newly popular due to the recently uncovered ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Lapidary methods improved: the dome-shaped rose cut was popular, as was the “old mine cut”, a very early iteration of today’s round brilliant cut. The boat-shaped marquise diamond cut was developed around this time, supposedly to imitate the smile of Louis XV’s mistress, the marquise de Pompadour. Paste—an imitation gemstone made from leaded glass—was newly developed in the 18th century, and set into jewelry with the same creativity and care as its more precious counterparts. Real and imitation gems were almost always set in closed-backed settings, lined on the underside with thin sheets of foil to enhance the color of the stone and highlight it's sparkle. This makes Georgian rings tough for modern women to wear, especially on an everyday basis: genteel, jewelry-owning ladies of the 18th century were not famous for working with their hands like we are. Nor did they wash their hands as much as we do. Water will virtually ruin a foiled setting, so take special care with your Georgian ring. Very little jewelry from this period is still in circulation, and it's very difficult to repair.
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