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1998.4924.6AB (RS24062)

Description

This earring is one of a pair that forms a set, or parure, of jewelry made from steel pave-set with iron pyrite and made in the shape of trefoil shamrock leaves. The shamrocks hang from French ear wires.

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Label
Jewelry sets such as this were tourist souvenirs made from the locally-produced iron pyrite crystals often called "Irish diamonds." Other popular Irish motifs included in this set are trefoil shamrock leaves. For more on this type of jewelry and to see a similar set in the Birmingham (UK) Museum of Art, see Charlotte Gere and Judy Rudoe, Jewellery in the Age of Victoria (2011), 496.
Maker
unknown
Date
1850-1880
Associated Building
Original to Castle Tucker (Wiscasset, Me.).
Material
mica (mineral)
steel (alloy)
Object type
Adornment
Descriptive terms
Earring
earrings (jewelry)
Mica
mica (mineral)
Steel
steel (alloy)
Dimensions
0.875 x 0.5 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1998.4924.6AB
Credit Line
Gift of Miss Jane S. Tucker
GUSN
23977

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