Victorian Egyptian Revival Sterling Onyx Micro Mosaic Scarab Earrings
During the 19th century, the discoveries of ancient archaeological finds influenced and brought on what is referred to as "archaeological revival jewelry," or "Egyptian revival jewelry." The initial Egyptian Revival period flourished from the 1820s and became extremely popular, continuing well into the 1920s. The style was inspired by ancient Egyptian imagery, such as the scarab beetle, sphinxes, pharaohs, and hieroglyphics.
A fabulous pair of micro mosaic scarab earrings from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Each oval-shaped earring is adorned with an exceptional micro mosaic design resting at the center of a carved onyx background. The raised image features tiny tiles of vivid colored glass that have been hand set to form an ornate scarab beetle motif. The lovely beetle displays an incredible variety of matte and iridescent shades, including vivid green, gold, and red hues. The insect lays on a bed of white mosaic tiles lined with a seafoam blue border, allowing the colorful image to come to life. Each earring is surrounded by a polished sterling silver bezel which wraps around the onyx border. The open back exposes the onyx stone, and simple earring wires are attached at the top. A wonderful example of Egyptian Revival jewelry from the Victorian era, these earrings blend perfectly into modern day fashion!
Measurements: Each earring hangs approximately 1 1/2" long (including the wire at the top), and measures about 3/4" 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 sterling setting and the wires are secure and in good working order. All of the tiles on the mosaic design appear to be intact and secure. Besides one tiny unnoticeable chip on one earring, there are no significant chips, cracks, or damage.