Gram Weight : 9.4 grams. Metal Type : Gold wash over. Length: 2.90" and 2.97".Earring Backing Style : Clip-on backings. Your jeweler can easily convert these to the preferred backing style you desire. For Pierced or Non-Pierced Ears : Pierced. These earrings were handmade during the Art Nouveau era and composed of gold wash over. Each earring features an upper domed floral motif. Sterling silver was bent and twisted by hand using the filigree metalworking technique to create these floral motifs.
Beneath the floral motif dangles two cap-like designs of curling filigree sections. From each design, twisted sterling silver strips dangle in two tiers, providing eye-catching swaying movement when worn.
Completed with clip-on backings for secure wear on pierced or un-pierced ears. One earring is missing a single upper dangling strip. Some of the other dangles are bent, and this can easily be repaired by your local jeweler. There is light wear to the gold wash in some areas, exposing the sterling silver underneath.
The price has been reduced to reflect this. This listing is for the item only. This was very true due to the gorgeous designs that came out of this period. This era focused on women and the beauty of nature and the pieces were often large.
Enamel was a common material used in Art Nouveau jewelry as the period was more about the importance of the design over the materials used to create it. The Art Nouveau period happened before the start of the first World War, when mass manufacturing took over the production of many products, including some jewelry. Filigree metalworking is a delicate form of art and has been found as early as 3,000 BC in Mesopotamia. It was perfected by the Phoenicians and Etruscan civilizations between the 6th and 3rd centuries BC. It involves stamping out a design in metal and hand bending and twirling threads, combined with tiny beads, until a final motif emerges.
It is reminiscent of lace and considered one of the most difficult metalworking processes. Filigree is still a very popular technique in India and Asia. The item "Antique Vintage Nouveau Sterling Silver Gold Wash Filigree Dangle Earrings 9.4g" is in sale since Wednesday, November 4, 2020.
This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Art Nouveau/Art Deco 1895-1935\Earrings". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.