Notable Features: These earrings were handmade during the Mid Century period of the Art Deco era. Skillfully carved from mother of pearl, these earrings are hand formed from. 925 sterling silver into the shape of a pheasant bird with intricate chased details. The mother of pearl has been carved into the shape of the wing, with an iridescent white hue and reflective hues of purple and blue. The body of the pheasant has been hand formed from sterling silver and chased with a feather design.The chased details provide a lifelike quality to the bird and the overall design gives the illusion the pheasant is flying. Finished off with hook wire backings, these earrings are substantial in size, have a beautiful design, and feature a gorgeous stone. Don't miss your chance to connect with a piece of history today! The tips of the silver pheasants are both slightly bent. The earrings are also heavily tarnished, a polishing cloth would help remove this tarnish if desired. The price of this item has been reduced to reflect this. This listing is for the item only. The Art Deco era is famous for being the "Gatsby" or "Roaring Twenties" era. A lot of gorgeous and timeless designs in jewelry came out of this period. Jewelry from this period was most often crafted between 1920 and 1940. Art Deco jewelry sometimes featured white gold or platinum, geometric designs, European cut diamonds, filigree, and calibre cut stones that are specifically cut to fit the design of the piece. During the Art Deco period jewelers often made jewelry upon custom order, this would often take weeks to months to completely craft by hand. Mother of Pearl is a beautiful type of organic mollusk shell lining that is made up of nacre, the same substance that coats pearls.
It is a strong, iridescent material that is well suited to decorative arts, and has been used in art, jewelry and even architecture for thousands of years. Mother of Pearl is highly prized for its distinct, multi-colored pearlescent glow. Chinese stone cutters were considered some of the finest artisans in the world.They would spend years learning to hand-carve many different types of stones, and excelled in creating finely detailed pieces other artisans couldnt even hope to compare to. Their skill was so refined that they could even carve delicate stones like coral and jade. Chinese stone cutters were so talented that Victorian era European socialites would commission pieces from them, preferring the hefty price tag that came with such high quality work to the ready availability of Western stonework. Chasing (or embossing) is a metalworking technique that uses a nail-like tool and hammer to hand etch patterns onto a metal surface. This process creates a design that is sunk into the front of the surface using indentations, grooves, and channeling. Chasing is thousands of years old and was very difficult and time-consuming technique that is still used by metalsmiths today.
The item "Antique Vintage Art Deco Mid Century Sterling Silver Chinese Carved MOP Earrings" is in sale since Saturday, October 27, 2018. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Art Nouveau/Art Deco 1895-1935\Earrings". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.