Antique pique jewellery is truly a lost art and something that can never be re-created and the fine intricate detail such as can be seen in these Victorian era pique drop earrings is just superb. Pique is the term given when jewellery is made using tortoiseshell inlayed with gold and silver in such fine detail, and considering that these pique earrings were made around the 1870’s and lasted so long and are still in magnificent condition is a testament to the quality of antique jewellery. Today tortoiseshell can not be used, so this is why this form of jewellery really is something that can never be made today and makes antique pique jewellery so unique and special.
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The earrings measure an elegant 43.7mm in length by 9.6mm at its widest part and are set on nice long shepherd hooks for maximum safety and remain very secure. The inlay itself is in perfect condition and has not lifted or raised up at all and are still in perfect condition even after 140 years later.
The chocolate brown from the tortoiseshell is a colour that has remained so popular over the centuries and combined with the fine inlay of the gold and silver really makes these antique earrings so spectacular and one style of antique jewellery that will always be in a unique genre all of its own with no chance of being reproduced today. If you love antique jewellery including antique earrings especially antique earrings with a difference, then these Victorian era pique earrings are just the right pair to wear.