Late Art Deco 14kt Hand Carved Lavender Jade 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 jade earrings from the late Art Deco (ca1930s) era are a wonderful example of devil's work jewelry! The earrings are crafted of hand carved lavender jade and have a lovely design that reflects their Chinese origin. Each earring begins with a single jade cabochon set in an 14kt yellow gold bezel, attached to a simple gold earring wire. A delicate chain and two lavender jade beads dangle freely below, grasping the final link with a textured gold loop. A carved jade ring seamlessly interlocked with a solid drop shaped link hangs from the bottom, intricately hand carved with a lovely floral design which carries along all sides of the piece. The jade is a wonderful milky, pale purple color and the carved elements are stunning. Very comfortable to wear, these marvelous earrings look beautiful on. They would make a perfect addition to any collection!
Measurements: Each earring hangs approximately 3 1/8" long. The bezel set surmount stones measure 1/4" in diameter and the jade beads are 3/16" in diameter.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold or to the carved lavender jade stones. One of the cabochon stones is slightly darker than the other and may be a replacement (and possibly a chalcedony) from a previous owner. The slight color difference is hardly noticed when worn.