Crafted in the 1870s, these ornate mourning earrings are rendered from yellow rolled gold and black enamel. The enameling technique is called Taille d’Épargne (from French: taille = “engraving”; épargner = “to save”). The scrolling enamel resembles vines and flowers. These earrings were converted from cufflinks and are lovely large stud earrings to add to your collection!
The earrings are in very good to good antique condition is good with minor signs of wear. The earrings were converted; you can see signs of this work on the back. The enamel is very nice, with a few tiny areas of wear on one earring. The earrings are not stamped or marked, and the butterfly backs are gold-filled. There are minor signs of wear on the rolled gold, mainly along the seams along the sides.
The earrings measure 3/4″ tall and 5/8″ wide and weigh 5.88 grams. The box is for display only.
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