Pair of Classical Revival Gold Earrings with Garnets

SKU FJ.7253

18 th Century AD to 19 th Century AD


3″ (7.6cm) high





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These antique Classical Revival gold earrings have been modeled after Ancient Roman jewelry and feature genuine garnet beads.

The intricate craftsmanship of this stunning pair of gold earrings aspires to recreate the glories of antiquity. Created during the Classical Revival, a period where modern Europe looked towards the past and reinterpreted the ancient forms of Greece and Rome anew. This trend was the product of a heightened comprehension and increased awareness of the treasures of the past derived from excavations in the new scientific field of archaeology. Perhaps the Classical Revival also reveals a latent longing towards the Arcadian lifestyles of yesterday abandoned as Europe rapidly industrialized and urbanized. Thus, the gold of these earrings becomes even more spectacular. The centerpiece of these earrings are a pair of gold coins imitating the style of those minted under Roman Emperor Diocletian. As the world changes, doubt and fears over the future forced some to look towards the simpler times of antiquity for security and inspiration. The lasting popularity of the Revival is surely also influenced by the creation of a new class of noveau riche aristocrats attempting to connect with the language and style of wealth and the elegant aura of Greece and Rome. A woman wearing these earrings evokes both the image of a Roman priestess in a toga and a Victorian princess in an evening gown. Overall, these earrings demonstrate that the timeless beauty of a classic never goes out of style.

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