Antique Art Nouveau Champleve Enamel Earrings 14k And Gilt $1nr
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Antique Art Nouveau Champleve Enamel Earrings 14k And Gilt $1nr:
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This sale is for a fabulous pair of Art Nouveau, hand painted enamel earrings.
The captivating earring face has a fine framing edge of tiny milgrain beading which blooms inward with three beautiful water lily flowers. This deeply embossed design is highlighted by kiln fired enamels; each lovely flower being decorated in a rich, transparent red for the petals with the heart of the flowers tinged in peach . But here is where they become fascinating and truly one of a kind; the center of each earring has been hand painted with a delicate, impressionistic pond scene which for all the world looks like the paintings of Claude Monet. In fact, we've picture two of his water lily paintings to show the striking similarity. We so love that these earrings have been embellished with enamel...seemingly so simple yet devilishly difficult. The artist sifts superfine granules of colored glass into each tiny area, firing in between colors, then makes a paint using the glass to create the soft lavender, blue and green color washes, going to the kiln yet again...pieces like these may have been fired as many as 9 or 10 times. I wonder if it occurred to them that we'd still be admiring and collecting their work 110 years later? The earring face is made in gilded brass, the vintage style ear wires are solid 14k yellow gold.
We are jewelers who make the special, one of a kind pieces that you might see in a local store. Your retailer sends us the design and we make it for them. While these can be beautiful, it's the OTHER work we do that holds a special place in our heart...restoration of vintage and antique jewelry.Too often, when a precious, admired piece was no longer useful or in style, it was put away and later forgotten. That's a shame! We have an eye attuned for these neglected treasures and for the last four and a half years, we've been reinventing the last century's cast offs...cufflinks, clothes buttons, lingerie pins...into one of a kind earrings. These earrings started life circa 1900 as very feminine pair of dress buttons. Can you imagine a time when we wore such beautiful, dressy clothes? Over time even the finest dress would fade and stain...the fabric would be cut up for crazy quilts or children's clothes, but the buttons and fancy extras would be saved. While they may have fallen out of fashion, they were still a keepsake of the dress you wore the day you were engaged or married...memories captured in tiny works of art. We've pictured a Victorian gal wearing earrings which look so very similar to the ones we offer here.
The earring face measures 13.7mm in diameter and the earrings hang just shy of one inch long overall in the ear. They weigh 2.7 total grams, whisper light and comfortable for all day. The enamels areas the day they were first firedand show almost no wear from their 110 year journey as buttons.After opening the old thread loop to act as "catcher" and attached the solid gold ear wires using our laserwelder. We always use solid 14k so you have good gold for your sensitive ears...we wouldn't want less, why would you? You'll love the shepherd hook and catch! So easy to use and they give the earrings an eye capturing bit of swing. A few gals have been worried about wearing wires, but have been relieved to find that the "catchers" make the earrings very secure. The laser welder is what makes our earrings possible. It is a $30,000 machine which fuses the gold and steel together, no torch flame, no ruinous heat and no sloppy solders. Making jewelry is the only thing we do.Making jewelry is the only thing we do. With 44 years of experience, we take a great deal of pride in our work and to show that, we sign our pieces with a tiny "A" within a diamond...for "Ace_of_Diamond". We stand behind every pair we make and our trademark proves it!Theartist who hand painted these earrings...110 years ago!...did a lovely job.We can't help but wonderabout the lucky gal who once owned these wonderful buttons and what she was like...she surely could have never thought that hersentimental keepsakewould be loved and coveted as a striking pair of earrings all these years later.Ifthese are your earrings, don't hesitate to offer strong.
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