Enquiry about object: 4195
Pair of Woman’s Silver & Turquoise Earrings
Central Tibet 19th century
heights: 5cm, diameter of hoops: 3.2cm, combined weight: 59g
UK art market
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This pair of earrings would have been worn by a woman (men wore similar earrings but only a single earring; never as pairs). Each comprises a silver loop of thick, ‘pearled’ wire with a triangular-shaped bezel inset with four large turquoise plaques surrounded by granulation work and chasing.
Both earrings are in fine condition. They have a fine patina and obvious age. The turquoise is not all the same shade of green/blue. Possibly, one or two plaques are later replacements (which would not be unusual), or the turquoise has aged at different rates.
Clarke, J., Jewellery of Tibet and the Himalayas, V&A Publications, 2004.