Georgian silver poissardes

Georgian silver poissarde hoops

A poissarde (from the French: ‘fishwife’) is a type of earring worn circa 1790-1810 of an elongated geometrical design. The ear wires had a typical S-shaped fish-hook style cross over and threaded through the ear back to front. The name is derived from the fishwives of Paris who were the first to wear them and who played a significant role during the French Revolution. These silver poissardes are 1.5 inches long and 1/2 an inch wide front centre. . It is unusual to find poissardes in silver rather than gold. Light on the ear and immaculate.


Poissarde earring designs
French Jewelry of the Nineteenth Century, Henri Vever