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Pair of Roman micromosaic pendant earrings; black onyx diamond shaped surmounts each set with a micromosaic butterfly, supports elongated pointed black onyx pendants each set with a micromosaic of a dove perched on a tree stump, all set in gold frames with applied scrolls, hinged ear wire fasteners.
Possibly Rome, Italy
3/4 in (A); 3/4 in (B) x 1/8 in (A); 1/8 in (B) (WxD) (inches)
Gift of Miss Grace Gilbert
"Hidden Treasures from Elegant Eras," Historic Jewelry from the Collections of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities presented by Shreve, Crump & Low, September 15 - November 30, 1995.
A similar pair of earrings are pictured in Macsetti, Daniela and Amanda Triossi, "Earrings: From Antiquity to the Present," (1990): 113. For more information on mosaic jewelry see: Bury, Shirley, "Jewellery, 1789-1910," (1991): 232-237; Fales, Martha Gandy, "American Jewelry, 1600-1900," (1995): 239-245; Gere, Charlotte, "American & European Jewelry, 1830-1914," (1975): 126-128; Phillips, Clare, "Jewels and Jewelry," (2000): 74-75.
Title String of carved beads Accession Number 1932.150
Title Combination locket and brooch Accession Number 1932.224
Title c - Watch with case and keys Accession Number 1932.226 a
Title Pendant Accession Number 1932.233
Title Onyx mosaic earrings Accession Number 1939.142 ab
Title c - Coral brooch and earrings Accession Number 1939.143 a
Title c - Coral brooch and earrings Accession Number 1939.144 a