User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Earring (one of a pair)

Start collecting

These girandole style earrings made from coque de perle--pearl-like stones that are cut from the Indian nautilus shell and are similar to blister pearls. These pearls are likely from India but were made in England, possibly for the colonial American market. These would be worn during the day,...

Show Full Description

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection

English, 1750–1800

Object Place



7 x 4.5 x 2.3 cm (2 3/4 x 1 3/4 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold metal and coque de perle


Textiles and Fashion Arts


Jewelry / Adornment, Earrings, Flares, Plugs, Studs