Gropius House

Collect: Earrings

Pair of earrings and customized box
Black, Starr & Frost, jeweler (1810-present)
New York City, 1890-1910
Amethyst, pearl, gold, paper
Bequest of Susan B. Norton

Briolette-cut (faceted teardrop) amethysts are suspended from large natural pearls in this pair of earrings made by New York City jewelers Black, Starr & Frost. Lavender was an acceptable color for the final three months of mourning, so amethysts and pearls were the perfect complement to Sara Norton’s attire, visible in the large portrait on the wall.