Kirsten's Corner Jewelry
14K Gold Victorian Era White & Black Enamel Blackamoor Hoop Earrings
The origin of Blackamoor jewelry goes back to the ancient Venetian artistry of highly crafted jewelry, international travel and the interest in the luxurious exotic trade that was occurring in the 18th Century. There have been many periods of Blackamoor jewelry revival, but it is believed that the interest in depicting "moors" derives from the commercial relations that the Venetians had with African-Arabs circa 1750-1800. The Italian bourgeois wore these incredibly crafted and unusual pieces of jewelry as a way to show their social status, their knowledge and exposure to the Mediterranean and thus international world of trade. Also, these elaborate pieces were considered amulets. Today, these Blackamoor pieces are rare works of art, and highly collectible pieces of jewelry with a complicated and oftentimes confused history.
Blackamoors can be found in history as decorative art pieces, and these had a revival period in the Deco era, alongside Orientalist representations of exotic bodies. This representation of figures on hoop earrings date to the early 1900s.
These Blackamoor small hoop earrings display impeccable artistry, history and design. The figures are made of black enamel, with a white enamel turban, and 14K gold. Marked with gold standard and also maker's mark. They are excellent miniatures, measuring 1/2 an inch in size. The figures have remarkable detail and workmanship. These earrings are in excellent condition, and clip onto the back like earlier styles of pierced hoop earrings. A rare find and a wonderful piece to add to a jewelry collection. Circa 1905.