Victorian coral acorn earrings -- The Victorians had a deep appreciation of nature. Naturalist motifs were incorporated in to the Jewelry and Decorative arts of the era. Symbolism was also important to the Victorians. Here we have dual symbolism; natural coral has been delicately carved into leaves and acorns. Acorns from mighty oak trees were a symbol of strength, endurance and long life. Coral was worn as an amulet to protect the wearer from harm
From a Japanese fine-art auction site: "Onyx cameo head of a Negress facing in profile towards the left, magnificently habillée in gold & rose diamond jewels like an Empress diamond necklace fringed with drop shaped pendants, huge gold crescent & girandole earring, bandeau tied with a knot over brow with plume linked by festoon chains & pendants to jewelled net over chignon at the back of the head."