Portuguese 18th century earrings
Portuguese chrysoberyl pendant earrings, circa 1780, of silver set with vibrant, foiled sea-green chrysoberyl in foiled, closed back settings. Unlike other European countries who generally favoured pearl earrings, 18th century Portugal was an exception. This form of earring was a favourite design, with articulated pendants suspended from ribbons tied into bow knots. The earrings are 2 and 1/4 inches long and 3/4 of an inch wide at their widest point. The silver ear wires are later. Very fine quality, immaculate and not heavy on the ear. For similar, see Plate 36 in Scarisbrick’s Jewels of Portugal.