neo etruscan jewels

A 15 carat gold bracelet, earrings and scentflask in a Neo-Etruscan style. England, circa 1870.

These jewels are fine examples of Etruscan goldwork, which is characterised by the use of granulation. This is an extremely difficult method by means of which tiny balls of solid gold are attached to a gold surface without soldering but rather through a chemical reaction between the gold and heated copper or malachite. In Greek, malachite is called chrysocolla; glue of gold. The same technique was used with gold threads, or filigree.

PeriodVictorian
PriceSold

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