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Brilliant, enameled hand painted roses earrings.

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Victorian Era1816 of 2097Victorian Enamel Mourning BraceletPrince Imperial Camel Back
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Posted 6 years ago


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To present these earrings I would also show that it is quite possible, as in this case, to make from “normal” antique consumer goods, as these two buttons, to transfer into these beautiful enamelled cut steel heart earrings.
These captivating earrings face is made with a pierced design in a riot of showy color. Festoons of brilliant, hand painted roses represent the best of this Edwardian rococo style, swagging between the pierced openings and accenting a trefoil of pierced ivy leaves. Bright turquoise blue enamel surrounds the earrings edges with the roses being painted on snowy white backgrounds. I’m such fan of enamel...seemingly so simple yet devilishly difficult. The artist first embosses the disk to create the basic design...this design is also on the back of the earring, making them as lovely as the front. They then sift superfine granules of colored glass into each tiny area, firing in between colors, then make a paint using the glass to create the soft color washes, going to the kiln yet again...pieces like these may have been fired as many as 8 or 9 times. I wonder if it occurred to them that we'd still be admiring and collecting there work 100 years later? The last little touch here is a twinkly cut steel "gem"...something that gives the earrings that much more eye catching grace. The earring face is made in gilded brass, the vintage style ear wires are solid 14k yellow gold.
These earrings started life circa 1900 as very showy, feminine pair of ladies buttons. Can you imagine a time when we wore such beautiful, dressy clothes? Over time even the finest dress would fade and stain...the fabric would be cut up for crazy quilts or children's clothes, but the cufflinks, buttons and fancy extras would be saved. While they may have fallen out of fashion, they were still a keepsake of the dress you wore the day you were engaged or married...memories captured in tiny works of art. I wear these marvelous buttons as a fabulous accent jewel to a most special garment.


  1. BeauxPurdy BeauxPurdy, 6 years ago
    Love, love, LOVE!
  2. BeauxPurdy BeauxPurdy, 6 years ago
    Also you write a very fine description of the manufacturing process and history on all of your items, Thank-You, I enjoy your items very much!
  3. Agram.m Agram.m, 6 years ago
    Hoi BeauxPurdy,
    Thanks for your nice comment. I always do my best to share my love for fine antique jewels with other collectors. I'll hope we will sharing a lot in the future. Thanks again!
  4. AmberRose AmberRose, 5 years ago
    Still really pretty. Very girly
  5. Agram.m Agram.m, 5 years ago
    Thanks AmberRose I agree
  6. Agram.m Agram.m, 5 years ago
    Crabbykins thanks for loving
  7. Agram.m Agram.m, 5 years ago
    Curious Lady Natasha thanks for loving.
  8. Curious_Lady_Natasha, 5 years ago
    Thanks so very much for sharing...
  9. Agram.m Agram.m, 5 years ago
    Curious_ Lady_ Natasha you are welcome.
  10. Agram.m Agram.m, 4 years ago
    DrFluffy thanks for your attention and loving
  11. Zowie Zowie, 4 years ago
    Hi again I was going to suggest that maybe they may be Cloisonné just a thought & it could be wrong as I'm no expert.
  12. Agram.m Agram.m, 4 years ago
    Hoi Zowie it looks indeed like cloisonne but believe me it's enamel but thanks anyway thanks for your opinion I appreciate!
  13. Zowie Zowie, 4 years ago
    How could I not believe you you own them
  14. Agram.m Agram.m, 4 years ago
    Zowie please explain I don't understand whay you mean with your last remark
  15. Agram.m Agram.m, 4 years ago
    Claudia1971 thanks for loving
  16. Zowie Zowie, 4 years ago
    Only that you have them in front of you & can see & feel them no more than that I just state it as a fact you can hold them.
  17. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 2 years ago
    wonderful earings
  18. Agram.m Agram.m, 2 years ago
    kavatinitz thanks for your attention and love.
  19. SophieLadyDeParis SophieLadyDeParis, 2 years ago
    GORGEOUS piece!
  20. Agram.m Agram.m, 2 years ago
    SophieLadyDeParis thanks for your love and interest.

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