The mano cornuto is an Italian good luck amulet meaning "horned hand," which is represented by a fist with the index and pinky fingers extended. This common symbol is meant to offer protection when worn, and ward against the evil eye.
A gorgeous pair of mano cornuto earrings from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Each earring adorns a hand-carved coral mano cornuto that hangs below a decorative 9kt rose gold topper and earring wire. The polished coral is 3-dimensional, and showcases the amulet with the back of the hand facing forward, when worn. The hexagonal topper is embellished with a gorgeous, alternating etched pattern on each side, providing wonderful texture to the design. Stamped along one of the sides is a "9C" gold purity mark. A simple gold wire rests at the top, embellished with a delicate coral bead at the base, a lovely finishing touch! The earrings dangle with wonderful movement, and the combination of the bright, naturally orange coral looks fantastic with the rose gold accents. A unique pair of Victorian earrings that hold wonderful symbolism, they would make a gorgeous addition to any collection!
Measurements: Each earring measures approximately 1 1/2" long (including the wires at the top), and measure about 1/4" wide and thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the rose gold setting. The coral is intact and secure set and free of chips or scratches. The earring wires are secure and in good working condition.