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Victorian pique drop earrings

For all of you pique jewellery lovers out there, here is a wonderful pair of Victorian era pique drop earrings in the form of a Maltese cross.

Pique is the use of gold and silver inlayed into tortoiseshell and was very popular in the Georgian and Victorian times.

These antique pique earrings are made in the shape of two Maltese crosses and measure 3.7cm from the very bottom to the top of the shepherd hooks by 2.1cm wide at the lower cross.

There are reproduction antique jewellery around today, however due to tortoiseshell now being banned, there will never be reproduction pique jewellery making it so sought after, unique and special.

A wonderful looking pair of earrings for day or night time wear.

 

Stock # OES6241

Circa: 1880.

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Victorian pique drop earrings

A brief history on pique jewellery:

Pique jewellery is a style and type of jewellery all unto itself and one that cannot be reproduced today and is so unique and spectacular. Made most popular during the Victorian era, it can be found as far back as the 18th Century and was popular throughout most parts of Europe but mostly in Italy and England.

Pique (pronounced pee-kay) is gold or silver, or sometimes a combination of both, inlayed into another material. Quite often the material was tortoiseshell (from the Hawksbill tortoise which was also used for the making of other tortoiseshell material such as boxes etc) and sometimes even from elephant ivory.

The tortoiseshell seemed to be the most popular, probably because of its light weight and being easy to mould into other shapes. Tortoiseshell is a natural thermoplastic , meaning that it is quite malleable when heated/warmed. Very fine gold or silver would be fashioned into either fine rod or leaf designs and the pressed into the already warmed tortoiseshell.After the gold and silver was set, the shell was left to cool down which would then contract to hold the metal in place.

Prior to 1870, the metals were cut by hand allowing for very fine and intricate detail then after 1870, machines started to do the work resulting in more straight and angular designs. The attention to detail no matter the age is always something that never ceases to amaze people especially when you consider that these pieces were often made well over 140 years ago and still look superb today.

Pique jewellery can most commonly be found in earrings and pendants, and the designs and colouring are amazing to admire.

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