Pair of Earrings

Collection Type

  • Jewelry

Date

1890-1910

GUSN

GUSN-101007

Description

Each earring in this pair is composed of a large freshwater pearl top with an amethyst drop beneath. The top pearl is mounted with a gold back. Hanging beneath the pearl suspended on a fine white gold chain is a small pearl bead above a large briolette-cut amethyst with a white gold cap. Each earring attaches with gold screw back ear fasteners.

Details

Descriptive Terms

earrings (jewelry)
gold (metal)
freshwater pearl
amethyst (mineral)
Earring

Label

"Mementos: Jewelry of Life and Love from Historic New England": Briolette-cut (faceted teardrop) amethysts are suspended from large natural pearls in this pair of earrings made by New York City jewelers Black, Starr & Frost. Lavender was an acceptable color for the final three months of mourning, so amethysts and pearls were the perfect complement to Sara Norton's attire.

Inscription

"B. S. & F." (Stamped)

Additional Identification Number

450

Maker

Black, Starr & Frost Ltd. (Manufacturer)

Location of Origin

New York

Dimensions

5/16 (W) (inches)

Credit Line

Bequest of Susan B. Norton

Accession Number

1990.13AB

Exhibition Notes

"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; and "Jewelry at Historic New England," Online exhibit presented by Historic New England launched September 30, 2007 at www.historicnewengland.org/jewelryhistory/.

Places

New York state (United States)
New York City (New York state)

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