Pietra Dura is an art-historical term for the technique of using small, exquisitely cut and fitted, highly-polished colored stones to create what amounts to a painting in stone. The stonework is assembled together so precisely that the contact between each section is practically invisible.
These beautiful Victorian earrings (ca1880) are a wonderful example of the Pietra Dura art form! Each earring is crafted in 14kt yellow gold and has a very ornate design which includes oval shaped Pietra Dura centerpieces with a delicate floral motif. The flowers and stems are portrayed by precisely inlaid stones, their colors standing out boldly against the matte black background, the design so fine that it almost resembles a painting. The floral stone links hang long from fine gold chain and five graduating strands of natural seed pearls dangle freely from the bottom of each. The earrings hang from an ornate wire and beadwork post surmounts and a natural untouched patina lends an authentic antique appeal to the design. When worn, the earrings have a lovely and dramatic look and make a fantastic statement!
Measurements: The earrings hang approximately 2 1/2" long, measure 1/2" at the widest point, and are 1/8" at the thickest point.
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 pearls and findings. The Pietra Dura images remain in excellent condition with all stones intact. The earring posts are secure and in good condition.