Victorian Micromosaic Drop Earrings
Item No. EMV1200220
A pair of 14K yellow gold Victorian micromosaic drop earrings set in black onyx, one depicting a Roman aqueduct and the Colosseum and the other depicting the Serio Falls (the tallest waterfalls in Italy) and the Roman forum. Circa 1870.
Pieces such as this were probably intended to be sold as souvenir jewelry. Travel became more accessible during the eighteenth century and travelers looked for reminders of their trip to take home. Souvenir jewelry from foreign countries allowed the wearer to display their worldliness and sophistication. Italian souvenir jewelry was popular, especially lava jewelry, cameos, and mosaics. Parures of coral or shell cameos, pietra dura and micromosaics were often given to a new bride from her husband as a honeymoon gift.
Earrings hang 1 3/4" from the top of the ear wire