When Italian archeologist Alessandro Francois discovered an ancient Etruscan tomb in Italy in 1857, he introduced the world to a wonderment of magnificent gold work the likes which had not been seen since the 4th century BCE.
Though not much is known about this ancient civilization, the treasures unearthed by Francois forever changed the world of jewelry.
Images of intricately wrought ancient golden jewelry with delicate filigree work and colorful gems captivated the imagination of Victorians and energized many nineteenth-century jewelers to create their own inspired pieces.
Skilled jewelry artisans began incorporating 2,000-year-old Etruscan techniques such as granulation, filigree and scrolled wire work and repoussé into their designs -- and with that, the Etruscan Revival period was born.
Crafted in wonderful 10k gold, this jaw-dropping piece features swirls upon swirls of sumptuous filigree scrollwork encompassing an inky black onyx and seed pearl centerpiece.
The real beauty of this piece, however, is in its movement. Dangling beneath the diamond-shaped onyx is another tier of intricate scrollwork adorned with three inverted teardrops, which dance and sway, giving this brooch a wonderful fluidity.
This would make a lovely collar pin or could be fastened onto a ribbon and turned into a choker. The styling possibilities are endless!
Materials: 10k gold, onyx, seed pearl
Measurements: 1.5" x 2"
Markings: 10k on clasp, gold content verified by a certified GIA gemologist
Condition: Very Good
Light surface scratches to the onyx and gold consistent with age and use. The original C clasp has been replaced. The granulated balls on either end of the onyx are slightly out of round and some of the scrollwork has very minor kinks from being reshaped at some point.
Cleaning and Care
Wipe with a soft damp cloth if needed. Do not immerse pearl in any type of cleaning solution. It will ruin it.