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 a wonderful example of the fine Swiss enamel craft! The earrings are from the early Victorian period (ca1850) and have a very artistic enameled design. Hanging from the surmount is an elongated link, which has a curvy and stacked 3-dimensional shape. The enameled design is quite intricate, consisting of white flowers surrounded by a black background and scrolled yellow gold accents. Enameled detail also adorns the surmount links that rest just below the wire tops. The Swiss enamel design is simply marvelous, and carries around both sides of the earrings. The earrings have a hollow fabrication, making them wonderfully lightweight and comfortable to wear, despite their length. They would make an excellent to any Victorian or Swiss enamel collection!
Measurements: The earrings hang approximately 2 3/8" long, are 1/2" at the widest point and are approximately 3/8" thick.
Condition: The earrings are in excellent antique condition. The existing surface wear is commensurate with age and is minor. There is some light surface wear to the enamel design in a few areas, but the motif remains intact. The earring surmounts and wires are intact and in good condition. The gold setting is free of any apparent dents or scratches.