Mr Strange Land has been in New York. He came back today, bearing gifts, including these beautiful earrings for me.

(Gold earrings, round, the size of a medium button, small round of metal in the middle, tiny grains of metal in a circle around the central round of metal, wire coil circled about the grains, then two more rounds of wire around the outer edge, gold plated in dull, old looking gold.)

They are based on a set of 6th century BC Etruscan earrings.

Etruscan metalwork is notable for its use of granulation, a form of ornamentation in which tiny grains of metal (most commonly gold) are fused to an underlying surface metal. The Museum’s Etruscan Spun-Wire Earrings are based on an original set of earrings of fine filigree and granules, which date to the 6th century BC and are now in the Museum’s collection.

I think they’re lovely. But even more than their beauty, I love wearing jewellery based on something that women were wearing 2,500 years ago. I like that sense of connection with women who came before me. I wonder what happened to the woman who wore the original earrings, and how she lost them.


6 comments on “Beautiful

  1. Chally says:

    They are very beautiful!

  2. Mindy says:

    There is probably a good chance she was buried with them.

  3. violet says:

    Eek! (In response to Mindy’s comment)

  4. Julie says:

    I would totally love some Etruscan earrings, if anyone who buys me presents happens to be reading this.

    Lovely present Deborah, v thoughtful 🙂

  5. Lucy Sussex says:

    My mother had an archaeologist comment on her bronze necklace: “I dug up something just like that from ancient Greece.”
    Quel compliment!

  6. It would depend what period of Etrusco-Roman history you were dealing with. Romans cremated (until Christianity came along), with similar verve to Hindus (including the saffron and scented oils, but minus the sati), which would mean the woman may have lost them in much the same way we do: dropped them down the sink, or while swimming or at work. Etruscans both cremated and entombed, so it would depend on the grave site if they were buried with her or not.

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