Georgian Rare 14kt Berlin Iron Silesian Wirework Earrings
Berlin iron was produced in the Gleiwitz Foundry in Silesia, a mineral rich area within the borders of Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic in the 1790s. Silesian Wirework (also known as Silesian Ironwork) is very similar to Berlin Iron, but is generally more intricately meshed and flexible. Previously, iron jewelry had primarily been worn in periods of mourning due to its dark color. However, it reached a high point of popularity between 1813 and 1819. To fund the War of Liberation against Napolean, citizens were asked to donate their precious gold in exchange for iron jewelry, which was sometimes inscribed with a portrait of Frederick William III of Prussia or the words "Gold gab ich für Eisen" (meaning "I gave gold for iron") or "Für das Wohl des Vaterlands" ("For the welfare of our country/fatherland"). Almost overnight, Berlin iron jewelry became a symbol of patriotism. Authentic pieces of Berlin iron and Silesian wirework jewelry are now very rare, and well-preserved pieces have become very collectible!
Incredible and rare Berlin Iron Silesian Wirework earrings from the Georgian (ca1815) era! These gorgeous earrings are expertly hand-crafted, and display a deep gray color, giving them a dramatic appeal. Dangling at the base is a single strand of mesh wirework that forms the shape of a large teardrop, featuring a coiled center and a bundle of 3-dimensional spheres. The spheres are attached to an open wirework mesh back, which displays a feminine scalloped edge. The link hangs freely from a fabulous topper that forms the shape of a blooming flower, embellished with a complimentary coiled shape at the center. Finishing the design is a 14kt yellow gold wire at the top, allowing the earrings to dangle with lovely movement. An exceptional pair of rare Georgian earrings that blend seamlessly into modern fashion, they would make a fantastic addition to any collection!
Measurements: The earrings hang approximately 3" long (including the wires at the top), and measure about 1" wide and 3/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the Berlin iron Silesian wirework. The earring wires are secure and in good working condition.