Early Victorian 14kt Swiss Enamel Earrings
Swiss Enameled pieces were commonly produced to be sold as souvenirs for Victorian travelers. A very fine type of enameling, this technique used very intricate detail and often portrayed scenic Swiss Alps villages with streams, mountains and wonderful homes and churches. These serene images were produced by first covering a piece of metal in a neutral enameled color. A wonderful detailed picture was then painted on the enameled base and re-fired to set the image. A clear glaze was then applied to the image to preserve it. The pieces were often set in a hollow frame making them very light and comfortable to wear.
Although these earrings do not depict a scenic Swiss image, they are indeed an absolutely wonderful example of the Swiss Enamel fine craft! These fabulous earrings are from the early Victorian period (ca1850) and are very unusual and large in size. The surmount of each earring is represented by a single 3-dimensional navy and white flower with a textured gold center. Hanging from the flower is a single 18kt yellow gold link that is inlaid with a rich black and white enameled design. The link is a long diamond shape and has a scrolled border. The design is simply marvelous and carries onto both sides of the earrings. Extremely light in weight, the earrings have a hollow center and are very comfortable to wear. These wonderfully elaborate and unusual earrings are a must for any Swiss Enamel collection!
Measurements: The earrings hang approximately 2 3/8" long, are 5/8" at the widest point and a little less than 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. There are a few minor chips in the enamel however this does not at all take away from the beauty of the earrings and this is not unusual for enameled earrings from the 1850's.