Traditional earrings from the north of Portugal, and the inland areas of Spain, often show traces of very old influences, sometimes dating back to the time of Moorish rule. The shape of the numerous crescent earrings worn with traditional costume may date back to that time.

These elaborate gold crescent-shaped earrings were bought in Oporto. They are one of the commonest patterns used in traditional jewellery in the north of Portugal, and are still being made today. Similar designs are also found across the border in Galicia, in Spain. In the 19th century they were usually made of filigree, but modern versions are often made of stamped metal.


  • Title: Earrings
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1800/1850
  • Location: Oporto
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 3.9 cm, Width: 3.6 cm, Depth: 0.3 cm
  • Provenance: Given by Walter Child
  • Medium: Gold set with rose-cut diamonds, with black backing

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