"Mariquit" is a Tagalog word that combines the concept of beautiful with delightful and charming. Our reworking of 19th Century Creolla earrings hopefully does that!
We purchased a collection of 19th Century “Creolla” earrings in silver. Made in Ilocos, a center of jewelry making from the 1500s, the workmanship on these earrings is extraordinarily fine.
These were very fashionable in their time, until the outbreak of World War II. After the war, women put aside the things of the past, instead favoring jewelry that reflected the optimism of peace and looked towards the future. Today, the past is again fascinating, partially because the masterful hand skills that made these Creollas no longer exists, making these artifacts both rare and exquisite.
Originally these Creollas would have been fastened onto the ear by opening and closing the clasp, with the earrings’ orientation perpendicular to the jawline. We modernized the mounting by closing the clasp, using it as the balance for an S hook.
The juxtaposition of 19th Century craft with stones such as Star Ruby, Tourmilated Quartz, Lapiz Lazuli, Amethyst, and Pearls, gives new life and fresh style to an old standard.