These earrings are the impression of an antique wax letter seal.
This seal was used to secure letters and correspondence in the nineteenth century.
This seal features the image of Doves drinking from a fountain.
This image is known as Pliny's doves and is taken from the image of a mosaic from Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli, which was re-discovered in 1737. It was described by Pliny in 77AD as an example of the highest achievement in art. It became a popular image found in souvenirs collected on the 'grand tours' of the 1700 and 1800's.
The earrings are made from sterling silver and this includes sterling ear posts and sterling silver butterfly backs. The front of the earrings measure approx. 7 mm in diameter. This is approximate however as each earring is made individually by hand and can vary slightly.