These stud earrings feature a design inspired by exquisite Roman antiquities excavated in Italy, interperented in 14 carat gold overlay with carnelian gemstones.
The original, which this design is based on, currently resides in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. It is a necklace made by the Castellani family, a well-known Italian jewellers, sometime before 1925. Its design combines ancient carnelian scarabs (beetle shapes) with granulated gold.
For much of the 19th century in Rome (circa 1814–1927), three generations of the Castellani family manufactured fine gold jewellery. The studio’s most renowned designs, which they called archaeological jewelry, were inspired by antiquities excavated in Italy. Castellani’s striking jewelry often featured granulation, an exacting method of fusing tiny droplets of gold to the surface, as well as intricate micromosaics, elaborate enameling, and carved gemstones.