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Early 20th Century “Mississippi Mud Pearl” Earrings


Flattened baroque pearls in this "wing" or "feather" form often come from Mississippi's river systems. Sometime at the beginning of the 20th century, a jeweler arranged them into twin pansy shapes and punctuated the centers with diamonds. The pearls are charmingly iridescent with hints of pink, yellow and peach, but it was the dealer's nickname for them that killed me: "Mississippi mud pearls". Beauty from mud, right? And we all know what the pansy means in the language of Floriography: "Think of me." 


  • Materials

    14k gold (tests), Mississippi mud pearls, 2 2.5mm old European cut diamonds

  • Age

    c. 1910

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    3/4" length measured from the top of the ear wire, 5/8" width

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