Our lightly antiqued earrings are adapted from boat-shaped originals featuring carnelians mounted in gold settings worked in delicate filigree. This style was particularly favored in Cyprus during the 5th and 4th centuries B.C. The original earrings in the Museum's collection are embellished with granulation, an ancient form of ornamentation in which tiny grains of gold (or other precious metal) are fused to an underlying surface metal. The high level of execution of the earrings is characteristic of classical Cypriot jewelry.
Sterling silver, with rock crystals. Lightly antiqued. Pierced, with gold- filled wires and rhodium overlay. Small: 7/8''L. Large: 1 1/8''L.