Classical Heart Earrings, vermeil - 5th Century B.C., Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami
The inspiration for this jewelry dates to 450 B.C., almost the precise year that Greece's greatest architectural achievement, the Parthenon of Athens' Acropolis, was begun. Their design is unusual; inlays of stone or glass were not commonly used at this time. The delicate mount features a bezel set, heart shaped garnet. The simplified shape reflects the classical idealism of the Age of Pericles.
Vermeil, Approx 1.25" H