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18 Karat Antique Egyptian Revival Gold Earrings

18 Karat Antique Egyptian Revival Gold Earrings

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: English: Pre 1900: Item # 1436094
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The rediscovery of the ruins of Pompeii in the mid 18th century revived an immense classical revival with renewed interest in Roman, Greek and Egyptian archeological motifs. There were two Egyptian revivals over the course of the nineteenth century, during which Egyptian classical forms were all the rage throughout Europe and somewhat later in England. Our earrings date from the second revival later in the century. We love these earrings for their classical elements which include concentric circle tops, below which a stylized arch form culminates in spirals. A center axis of small gold orbs falls from the arch's apex. Tiny circles surround the edges of the arches and add a nice detail.