Etruscan Revival Jewelry

It’s not uncommon to hear a certain style of nineteenth-century jewelry referred to as “Etruscan Revival.” But who were the Etruscans, and why was their jewelry being revived?

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 nineteenth century, a series of Etruscan tombs were opened, and the beautiful gold-work found within captured the imagination of the Victorian public.

Here are some of the ancient Etruscan jewels that were found:

Many nineteenth-century jewelers, the most famous being the House of Castellani, were inspired to create their own versions of these ancient pieces, hence “Etruscan Revival.” Characteristics of Etruscan style jewelry include use of high karat gold and semi-precious stones like lapis, malachite and agates, and most distinguishingly, the use of intricate filigree and granulation.

Below are some Etruscan Revival pieces from our collection. The all date c.1870s. 

Etruscan Revival brooches and earrings, gold, malachite and lapis. Nineteenth Century. All available for sale at Gray & Davis.

Etruscan Revival brooches and earrings, gold, malachite and lapis. Nineteenth Century. All available for sale at Gray & Davis.

Jewels inspired by the ancients: always a good decision. 

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Victorian 18k gold earrings, available in our  online shop .

Victorian 18k gold earrings, available in our online shop.

The Etruscan earrings

These crazy earrings aren't for the faint of heart. Incredible gold wire work on conical dangles was inspired by pre-Roman design, all in 18k yellow gold.

 

 

 

Art Deco platinum and diamond necklace, availabe in our  online shop .

Art Deco platinum and diamond necklace, availabe in our online shop.

The Revival necklace

Art Deco jewelry is celebrated for its bold geometric interpretations of ancient design, and this elegant pendant is no exception. Three geometric shapes fashioned in platinum swing from a delicate chain, allowing the necklace’s lucky 13 old cut diamonds to catch the light. 

 

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