Frida Kahlo - Estate Sterling Silver Pearl Filigree Earrings (EE117)

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$225.00 
Item Number:  EE117
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Frida Kahlo - Estate Sterling Silver Pearl Filigree Earrings. These gorgeous earrings are crafted from sterling silver, hallmarked 925 on the back of the earrings. Featuring beautiful filigree work and genuine pearls. The surmount is a medallion of delicate filigree work with a genuine luminous pearl, the larger medallion is composed of a filigree crescent moon with a central hand-wired pearl, and 3 dangles with expertly wired pearls (2 to each wire)  Beautifully articulated, these earrings have 16 pearls in total without one single pearl missing. The pearls are white in colour with a very slight silvery grey hue, they are beautiful and display much lustre. The earrings have ear wires with a safety catch for pierced ears, and a beautiful aged patina. Dramatic in style with their wonderful large scale, they looking stunning when worn and have nice movement. These hand-made earrings are a perfect choice for a destination wedding, gift, or a wonderful addition to any jewelry collection that can be formally or casually worn.


Note: When the Spanish colonized Mexico in the first half of the 16th century much of the pre-Hispanic jewelry was collected and melted for the Spanish crown. Indigenous craftsman were taught new techniques while artist's guilds were established for the purposes of taxation and quality control. Given the strict standards to which both indigenous and itinerant jewelers were held, there was little room for individuality or artistic expression. That all changed when Mexico won independence from Spain in 1810. New techniques were popularized and the colonial baroque designs of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries were superseded by less formal, more intimate, whimsical designs. Nowhere was this artistic spontaneity more apparent than in the state of Oaxaca. The art of filigree, a technique introduced to Mexico by Spanish colonists, consists of curling and twisting pliable gold or silver threads and then uniting them with molten flux, borax and a blow-pipe. This art form, having quickly gained traction in Guerrero, Michoacan and Oaxaca, was also utilized for the manufacture of earrings. As artisans became more proficient, their creations were further embellished with fresh water pearls, seed pearls, coral, granulated work and sometimes semi-precious stones.



Measurements: 2" x  3/4 " 

Stone Size: Pearl (large) 6mm     Pearl (small) 3mm - 2mm

Weight: 7.4 grams

Condition: Excellent

Origin: Mexico, Oaxaca

Date: 21st Century 

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