Art Deco Gold-Filled Enamel & "Devil's Work" Jade Earrings
The term "devil's work" refers to a Chinese technique in which jade jewelry is meticulously hand carved, often featuring seamless interlocking rings or lace-like cutouts that resemble filigree. The time consuming process requires great skill, and was therefore named "devil's work," as though human hands were incapable of producing such intricate work.
This beautiful pair of natural jade earrings are a wonderful example of devil's work jade jewelry from the Art Deco era (ca1920)! The earrings are quite substantial in appearance and have a carved design that reflects their Chinese origin. Each earring is comprised of three interlocking jade links, which hang from an enameled blue surmount at the top. The carvings are lacy and delicate in appearance, and display some variation in design. The jade has lovely natural coloring, exhibiting a translucent shade of pale green and milky white. The gold-filled earring wire surmounts and vibrant enamel accents complete the beautiful design. An artistic pair of earrings, they are quite unique and would make a wonderful addition to any collection!
Measurements: Each earring hangs approximately 2 7/8" long, including the wire tops. The jade rings have a 3/4" outer diameter. The center links measure approximately 3/4" wide and tall. The links at the base measure about 1/2" tall and 5/8" wide. The enamel toppers have a 1/2" diameter.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the carved jade links, which are intact and free of chips or scratches. The gold-filled findings and enamel details remain in good condition, and the earring wires are secure.