Victorian Butterfly Earrings
As the trade routes with the East reopened, the Japanese displayed their designs at the 1862 International Exhibition in London. The Victorians were swept up in the beauty and simplicity of Japanese motifs with their elegant connection between nature and design. The british fascination gave way to the new Japonisme aesthetic in jewellery which saw smaller, lighter and more feminine designs.
Thesedrops are a wonderful example of Japonisme design in Victorian jewellery. The embossed image depicts a butterfly flying amongst some flowers. The metal is silver plated. There are some areas of oxidisation which makes for a nice contrast against the white silvery colour of the metals.
The earrings are in great condition. There are some scuffs to the plating on the backside of the drops. There are no dents. There is oxidisation but this only adds to the beauty of the drops as it helps the embossed design show through. Given these are only silver plated, they cannot be immersed in a silver cleaning solution. I would recommend polishing with a silver cloth. The earrings have been fit with a new stainless steel ear wire.
Late Victorian - 1880s.
THe earrings measure 38mm long including the earwire.
The drop measures 22mm x15mm x 3mm
Silver plated base metal, Stainless Steel Earwires