Pietra Dura is an art-historical term for the technique of using small, exquisitely cut and fitted, highly-polished colored stones to create what amounts to a painting in stone. The stonework is assembled together so precisely that the contact between each section is practically invisible.
These beautiful Victorian earrings (ca1880) are a great representation of the Pietra Dura art! Most likely of Italian descent, these fabulous earrings are made of Sterling Silver and 14kt gold. Each earring has a large oval black stone plaque that rests in the center of an ornate sterling silver setting. In the middle of the plaque is a wonderful floral design which is portrayed by aqua, pale pink, green and white inlaid stones. The design is so fine that it almost appears to be a painting. Surrounding each floral Pietra Dura design is an exquisite sterling silver frame, decorated with a smooth 14kt gold top and beadwork design. The earrings are attached to modern 14kt gold earring wires that appear to have been changed from their original wires. They would make a lovely addition to any collection!
Measurements: The earrings hang approximately 2" long, are 3/4" wide and have a depth of slightly more than 1/8".
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. All of the stones are intact and besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling silver or gold setting.