Rare Victorian tortoiseshell pique drop earrings, faulted, but lovely. Gold ear pieces, with top ball of tortoiseshell inlaid with gold and silver band and star. The drop is a pyramidal piece, heavily inlaid with gold and silver. One of these earrings has a tip broken off the drop. Style is rather Egyptian, probably made during England's fascination with the tomb discoveries in Egypt at the time. Drop from ear is 6o mm (2.3/8inches). Apart from the broken tip, they are in excellent condition. The fault could be restored, as luckily the break does not affect the gold inlay - the pointed tip could be built up.