Art Deco 14kt Carved Jade "Devil's Work" 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 simple and stylish in appearance, and have a lovely design that reflects their Chinese origin. Each earring is comprised of two interlocking jade rings, which hang from a gold surmount at the top. The carvings are smooth and impeccably carved, originally part of a single piece of jade stone. The jade has lovely natural coloring, displaying shade of vibrant green with a semi-translucent quality. The gold surmounts have a filigree design featuring Chinese characters, and a simple post and earring back rest securely behind. When worn, the earrings dangle with lovely movement, and are comfortably lightweight. They would make a unique and artistic addition to any vintage jewelry collection!
Measurements: Each earring hangs approximately 1 1/8" long, including the gold surmounts at the top. Each carved jade ring measures approximately 7/16" in diameter, and is about 1/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the carved jade rings, which are intact and free of chips or scratches. The gold findings are securely attached and in good condition.