The Etruscans were an ancient people whose civilization flourished on the western coast of Italy from approximately 700-300 BC. Wealthy Etruscans were buried in massive tombs, along with their jewelry and other earthly possessions. Just like ancient Egypt, but with less mummies. In the 19th century, a series of Etruscan tombs were opened, and the beautiful gold-work found within captured the imagination of the Victorian public.
Many 19th-century jewelers were inspired to create their own versions of these ancient pieces, hence the “Etruscan Revival.” Characteristics of Etruscan style jewelry include the use of high karat gold and semi-precious stones and, most distinguishingly, the use of intricate filigree and granulation.
This special heart brooch example features a buttery 15k gold that is beautifully detailed throughout. Amethyst, almandine garnet, sapphire, and hessonite garnet gems steal the show on this piece.
Materials and Features: 15k gold, natural gems
Age/Origin: English, c.1840
Measurements: 8.3 grams, 1.5" length and height
Condition: Excellent condition.
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