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early 20th centuryMississippi Mud PearlPansy Earrings
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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 the nickname for them killed me instantly: "Mississippi mud pearls". Beauty from mud, right? And we all know what the pansy means in the language of Floriography: "Think of me."

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  • Materials

    American natural freshwater pearls, 2 2.5mm old European cut diamonds, 14k gold.


  • 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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19001910

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