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C1850 Pinchbeck Egyptian Revival Drop Earrings

C1850 Pinchbeck Egyptian Revival Drop Earrings

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: English: Pre 1837 VR: Item # 1460369
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Our C1830 Pinchbeck drop earrings made following the newly discovered ancient works of art at Pompeii and Herculaneum. The discovery of the archeological sites compelled society to want to own and wear jewelry in the Egyptian style, and the scarcity of jewels from ancient Egyptian lead to a 19th century revival of Egyptian jewelry. The Egyptian revival was in 1870's; these earrings were made in an earlier decade and are of Pinchbeck, an alloy of gold (which is how we know the earrings hail from an earlier period than the 1870's Egyptian revival). PInchbeck was likely used in the construction of the earrings because of its bright polished gold color (the ancient Egyptians were fond of gold because its glowing color resembled the sun). The top of the earrings, resembling a Pharaoh's headdress along with the pear shape body and similarly shaped drops make these earrings simply irresistible.