Georgian And Early Victorian Cannetille Work

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Two Georgian Jewelry Items And One Victorian Bracelet Enhanced By Cannetille Work

What is cannetille work? It’s a close relative of filigree and is similarly intricate, using fine gold wires or thinly hammered and cut gold sheets to create scrolls, tendrils, beehives, rosettes or coils of gold that featured as motifs and patterns to embellish gold jewelry items, or to create the framework itself, without the gold backing. Cannetille differed from filigree in that it was three-dimensional, and with the shortage of gold during the early 19th century it was a great way to use very little gold, and create ornate and impressive jewelry.

Georgian Earrings in 14-15K Gold with Fine Cannetille Work and Almandine Garnets

We’ll start with some Georgian earrings, in 14–15k yellow gold, with fine cannetille work surrounding six closed-back almandine garnets. It’s thought that they are probably English in origin c.1830. It’s quite clear too, that these pieces were made without a solid backing, yet they’re ornate, large enough to make an impression, and provide a definitively gold framework for the garnets. These were featured in an article on that wonderful blog, The Hairpin

Image and earring information courtesy The Hairpin
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