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Victorian Lyre Cameo Earrings

$1,000

The lyre was the most well-known instrument in the ancient Greek world where it was played during recitations of lyric poetry (among other places and times, of course). It follows that the Victorians, obsessed with ancient classical culture, worked this theme into their jewelry lexicon. These coral lyre cameos are mounted in gold and were most likely purchased as a souvenir of someone's Grand Tour.

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  • Materials

    14k gold mountings (tests), 10k gold ear wires (tests), shell cameos

  • Age

    c. 1850

  • Condition

    Very good - ear wires are probably replacements of the originals

  • Size

    1 1/4" length measured from the top of the ear wire 3/8" x 5/8" pendants

Victorian

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VictorianEra

18371901

please note:Terms of Sale

Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.

RelatedHistory Lesson

Coral& the Grand Tour

Coral jewelry has been worn as an amulet of protection against ailments and danger since ancient Rome.