Etruscan revival jewelry is jewelry that was modeled after the ancient Roman empire, specifically the Etruscan civilization of ancient Italy in Tuscany, western Umbria, and northern Lazio (700-300 BC).
The interest in Etruscan revival jewelry began during the 18th-century Georgian period when the ruins of Pompeii (1748) and Herculaneum (1738) were discovered. Yet, the actual Etruscan revival pieces were not created until a century later when jewelry-making techniques had become sophisticated.
The stylistic hallmarks of Etruscan revival pieces include cannetille, shell elements, micro-mosaic, ornate goldwork, filigree gold scaffolds, and the Greek key design. With a large c-clasp and lovely drops reminiscent of amphorae (tall ancient Greek or Roman jars with pointed bottoms used for storage, transportation of wine, olive oil, and grains, or later as decoration/jewelry), this collar is not only decidedly chic but is sensual to the touch.
Materials and Features: 18k gold
Age/Origin: French, Etruscan Revival
Measurements: 15.5" length, 31.3 grams
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
Please view and inspect any photos closely. We endeavor to fully disclose all condition information clearly and concisely, however, please note that what qualifies as excellent condition for historical jewelry differs from modern and contemporary pieces; please take the age of the piece into account when examining the piece. Minor age wear is typical and to be expected for antique and vintage jewelry. Unless otherwise stated, gemstones have not been officially graded for color, clarity, or treatment by GIA; any information provided is our own educated, professional assessment.