Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Bocca Baciata (Lips That Have Been Kissed), 1859.
Inspired by the extraordinary Italian archaeological excavations of the early 1800s, Etruscan Revival jewelry offers a gorgeous glimpse into the ancient world.
The historical finds of the Etruscan civilization emerged on the coast of Italy, near present-day Tuscany, where 19th-century explorers discovered ancient Etruscan tombs containing intricate jewelry made of rich yellow gold, unlike anything that had been seen before.
Contemporary Roman goldsmiths at the time were challenged to reproduce the unique style of these Etruscan treasure troves…
And while their exact techniques were impossible to reverse engineer, there are a few hallmarks of Etruscan Revival design that bring these ancient inspirations to life.
Despite dating back thousands of years (roughly 700-300 BC), the bold and ornate look fit right in with the sensibilities of the Victorian era and a frenzy for Etruscan-inspired jewelry ensued.
Contemporary Roman goldsmiths at the time were challenged to reproduce the unique style of these Etruscan treasure troves...
Goldsmithing techniques such as granulation and filigree add rich dimension and texture to each piece while matte finish gold intensely colored gems round out the aesthetic.
Though little remains of the Etruscan civilization, these stunning reproduction pieces serve as a love letter from Victorian-era jewelers to ancient Etruscan artisans.
If you're looking for Etruscan Revival jewelry, authentic antique pieces, or even a custom design that captures eras of the past, you can enjoy complimentary shipping or book a private appointment with one of our experts.
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