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Victorian grand tour micro mosaic Earrings. These lovely earrings are crafted from brass and delicate glass tiles. Featuring lovely micro mosaic tiles expertly set in brass settings, in colours of sky blue, rose pink and white. The top of the earrings have a circular bezel with set tiles in a circular pattern, the oval drop bezel are set with tiles simulating a floral pattern, with a delicate brass drop adding movement and finishing odf the earrings. The earring originally would have had non pierced Victorian screw backs, they have been fitted with secure brass lever back wires for pierced ears. These earrings look stunning when worn, truly a very special gift or addition to any jewelry collection.
Note: The Grand Tour was the traditional trip of Europe undertaken by mainly upper-class European young men of means, or those of more humble origin who could find a sponsor. The custom flourished from about 1660 until the advent of large-scale rail transport in the 1840s, and was associated with a standard itinerary. It served as an educational rite of passage. Though primarily associated with the British nobility and wealthy landed gentry, similar trips were made by wealthy young men of Protestant Northern European nations on Continental Europe, and from the second half of the 18th century, by some South and North Americans. This particular piece would have been purchased in Italy during the late 1800s or early 1900s.
Measurements: 64mm x 9mm
Date: Circa 1880