Art Nouveau 14kt Favrile Art Glass Egyptian Revival "Scarab Beetle" Earrings
Favrile glass is a type of iridescent art glass developed by Louis Comfort Tiffany (founder of Tiffany & Co.). Patented in 1894, the glass has distinctive coloring which is ingrained into the glass itself, not just applied onto the surface. It was traditionally used in Tiffany's stained-glass windows, vases and vessels.
During the 19th century, the discoveries of ancient archaeological finds influenced what is referred to as "archaeological revival jewelry," or "Egyptian revival jewelry." The initial Egyptian Revival period flourished from the 1820s onward, and was inspired by ancient Egyptian imagery, such as the scarab beetle, sphinxes, pharaohs, and hieroglyphics.
These gorgeous earrings from the Art Nouveau era (ca1900) are a perfect example of antique Favrile art glass jewelry! This striking motif is highly reflective of Egyptian Revival jewelry from this time period (which sometimes incorporated real beetles, rather than glass or ceramic imitations). Although the earrings are not signed, the design makes use of the same art glass originally patented by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Dangling at the base of each earring is a 3-dimensional scarab beetle, which has been bezel set in 14kt gold. The beetles have a life-like appearance, including a textured body and multi-colored surface. When moved in the light, the glass scarabs exhibit a stunning range of iridescent colors, including flashes of deep purple, dark blue, light green, and bright gold. Attached at the top are simple gold earring wires with delicate leafy accents, the perfect finishing touch! When worn, the earrings dangle with lovely movement, framing the face beautifully.They would make a unique and stylish addition to any jewelry collection!
Measurements: The earrings hang 7/8" long, including the wires at the top. The glass beetles measure 5/8" long, 1/2" wide, and 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or to the Favrile art glass scarabs, which are securely set and free of chips or scratches. The earring wires are securely attached at the top. Although the glass beetles and earring wires are antique, the custom gold bezel setting surrounding each beetle appears to have been expertly hand-crafted in the modern day, allowing the antique beetles to be incorporated into a wearable form of jewelry.