A pair of Archaeological Revival lapis and gold drop earrings, each earring with a realistically carved ram’s head, suspending a spherical lapis bead at the top with a conical gold cap of fluted design and at the bottom bearing a gold anthemion motif, all made in yellow gold with wire fittings, circa 1860, measuring approximately 5.8 x 1.8cm, gross weight 29.1 grams.
In the mid-19th century, there was a renewed interest in archaeological findings from Egypt, Greece, and Italy. This craze for antiquities took many forms, and jewellery in the styles of ancient artifacts became popular. These wonderful earrings, made in around 1860, feature a realistically carved ram’s head. The ram’s nose is pierced through with a ring, from which is suspended a lovely midnight blue ball of lapis lazuli. Lapis lazuli was greatly prized by the people of the Ancient world, and the only gem to keep its original Latin name. making it a fitting stone for these revivalist earrings. Eye-catching and exotic, these earrings are a perfect example of mid-Victorian revivalist style.
A pair of Archaeological Revival lapis and gold drop earrings, each earring with a realistically carved ram’s head, suspending a spherical lapis bead at the top with a conical gold cap of fluted design and at the bottom bearing a ...
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