Antique Etruscan style gold and amethyst brooch, Pierret

Antique Etruscan style gold and amethyst brooch, Pierret

An antique gold brooch in the Etruscan Revival style comprised of a rectangular-cut amethyst "X" superimposed on a circular ornament inscribed with a doxological phrase in Greek which translates "as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be," in 18k. Ernesto Pierret, Rome

During the last half of the nineteenth-century European and American jewelers were inspired by the ancient Etruscan, Greek, and Roman jewelry being excavated across the continent. The rediscovery of these stunning works of art created a surge of interest in ancient gold working techniques, and jewelers such as Fortunato Pio Castellani, Eugène Fontenay, and Ernesto Pierret started producing pieces influenced by these discoveries.

Etruscan Revival pieces are especially prized by today’s collectors both for their easy wearability and artistic value, and excellent examples are found in museums collections the world over.

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  • CountryItaly
  • Circa1860
  • Dimensions2 3/8"
  • Weight21.2 grams
  • SKUZ30180