Vintage Cloisonné Carnelian Earrings

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Vibrant vintage-inspired cloisonné beads combine with fiery blue-dyed freshwater pearls, carnelian, and brass beads. These stunning Vintage Cloisonné Carnelian Earrings add distinction to any look and draw on techniques that date back to the Byzantine era and have been refined by Chinese artisans for centuries.

This jewelry item comes packaged in a white box (pictured).

Museum Story

An art form originating in the Middle East and elevated in China, after its arrival there in the 13th and 14th centuries, the cloisonné technique adorns copper or bronze objects with copper wire designs. The resulting cells are then filled with enamel, fired in a kiln and polished, creating a harmonious contrast between the gleaming metal and the jewel-hued enamel. Cloisonné is found in our National Museum of Natural History's Asian ethnological collections.


  • Enamel, dyed freshwater pearls, carnelian beads, brass beads
  • 24-karat gold-plated sterling silver ear wires
  • Approximately 1.75"L
  • Wipe with a soft cloth
  • Avoid contact with perfume or chemicals
  • Made in the USA