In the second half of the 19th century, archaeologists were capturing the imagination of the Victorian public with their breathtaking excavations of Etruscan tombs in Italy. And just as Napoleon's expedition to Egypt sparked a fascination with all things Egyptian, the discovery of lush Etruscan tombs inspired jewelers to re-create some of the amazing treasures that these ancient people took along with them into the afterlife. Antique Etruscan revival jewelry is distinctive and elaborate and here at Nelson and Nelson we're extremely proud to be able to showcase some remarkable examples of the genre.
This fabulous antique English Victorian 15K gold locket is decorated with an intricate beaded Etruscan Revival design. The crest-shaped locket is mounted with an oval plaque mounted with another finely beaded stylized plaque with a small seed pearl ribbon at its center. An oval hinged cover on the back of the pendant opens to reveal the framed keepsake space. For more information, click here.
This unusual antique American 14K gold mesh bangle bracelet, circa 1900, features a finely woven mesh band and mounted with a large intricately beaded clasp. The two buttons on the top and bottom of the clasp release the well-secured lock. For more information, click here.
This beautiful antique English Victorian 15k gold necklace is designed with florets of intricate scroll work and delicate beading in keeping with the much celebrated Etruscan Revival period. Exquisitely carved coral teardrop pendants hang from four florets. For more information, click here.