Sunday, July 14, 2013

History's Runway: A Pair of Antique Turquiose and Enamel Earrings, 1880

Enamel, Turquoise, Pearls, Diamonds, Gold
The Victoria & Albert Museum
Jewels are always lasting symbols of affection and, long ago, became a canvas for creative ways in expressing love through the use of symbols and forms. Here, in this pair of earrings from the 1880’s, we see one of the most enduring symbols of love—cupids.

Neatly rendered on enamel, these cupids are set in frames of gold, adorned with pearls, turquoises and rose-cut diamonds, each symbols of eternal affection.

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