The ancient Etruscans, a civilization that flourished in northern Italy until the first century BC, were known for their sophisticated metalwork. Granulation, where cast-metal pieces were painstakingly decorated with tiny spheres, was a specialty, and the best pieces were saved to accompany the wearer into the afterlife. These 18-karat-gold-vermeil earrings are reproductions of an ancient Etruscan design. Handcrafted in Cortona, in the heart of Tuscany, Italy.
Handcrafted in Cortona, Italy. 18-karat-gold-vermeil. 3/4"W x 1 1/8"L.
Lost-wax casting is a way to reproduce a sculpture or piece of jewelry directly from an original. First, an object is carved, usually from wax or clay. Then a mold is made from the model, using silicone, latex, or rubber with an outer layer of plaster, clay, or fiberglass. The model is then removed or melted away, leaving a mold that can be reused to create faithful replicas of the original.
I've wanted earrings like this for ages, but they were always too expensive at several hundred dollars more, and much smaller for the price I could afford. These are a great find: perfect size and price!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend