These Girandoles are about 2 inches long and are available here.
Then I started looking for images of girandole earrings in 18th Century paintings and HOLY SMOKES, those women were not afraid of wearing some incredibly large pieces of jewelry!
I call this collection "Do these earrings make my bling look big?"
(Note: almost all of these are detail shots of larger and lovely paintings!)
|Portrait of Maria Francisca Pignatelli by Anton Mengs, before 1769|
|Self Portrait with Daughters by Antoine Pesne, 1754|
|Catherine the Great by Aleksey Antropov, 1760-1770|
|Charlotte of Mecklinberg by Thomas Frye, 1761|
|Infanta Maria Ludovica by Anton Mengs, Prior to 1779|
|Maria Luisa de Parma by Anton Mengs, 1765|
|Juliane Marie, Queen of Denmark by Unknown, 18th Century|
Portrait of Princess Ekaterina by Ivan Arguvnov, 1754
|Maria Luisa de Bourbon by Anton Mengs, Prior to 1779|
|Maria Amalia of Austria by Martin van Meytens, 1760s|
|Queen Charlotte at her Dressing Table by John Zoffany, 1764|
So the lesson I leave you with, lovers of Georgian sparkles, is please do not fear the giant rhinestones. Especially if you are an 18th-Century Aristocrat!