A tale of tassels

Tasseled pieces pop up several times throughout jewelry design history. It's hard to say what inspired each one: some were based on archaeological styles, others seem like they were simply meant to express joyful movement. For use in personal adornment, the tassel dates back to ancient times and is even referenced in the Bible. 

 Mid-19th century 14k gold tassel with floral, hand engraved detail. Featured on a 14k gold 25" rope chain. Both available at Gray & Davis.. 

Mid-19th century 14k gold tassel with floral, hand engraved detail. Featured on a 14k gold 25" rope chain. Both available at Gray & Davis.. 

We see some fabulous examples of tassel jewelry from the mid-19th century and early 20th century; some are flirty, some are fun, all are fabulous. We have seen them made of beads and fabric, but the whispery softness of gold has to be our favorite.

 Late Victorian 10k gold tassel necklace with black enamel and stippled detail. Available at Gray & Davis. 

Late Victorian 10k gold tassel necklace with black enamel and stippled detail. Available at Gray & Davis. 

Panthere de Cartier, a feline inspired line by the infamous French jewelry house, features tasseled necklaces and earrings, once again reviving the style seen in these kinds of antique pieces. 

 

Right: 14k gold Victorian tassel necklace, available at Gray & Davis; Panthere de Cartier print advertisement.