These jewels with an eagle form belong to the VII century, which fall within the so-called Prerromanesque art, which is the Germanic art that precedes Romanesque, the first European art. The German goldsmith is one of the most beautiful ones.
To make these brooches of Visigothic goldsmith was used the cloisonné technique. Forms appear divided by walls or small metallic lines (French "cloisons"), within which the enamel is inserted or, as in this case, the stones are crimped. It is also known as the blister technique.
The Prerromanesque period, which extends between the V-XI centuries, is considered divided into two periods. The first corresponds till the VIII century, limited by the Muslim invasion and the beginning of the reign of Charlemagne. This is the art of the barbarians established in the western provinces of the Empire. The second period is initiated in France with the Carolingian Renaissance, which links to the first Romanesque art in Catalonia, France and Italy, and the art of the Asturian kingdom in Castile.
In conclusion, the quality of these earrings and Prerromanesque jewelry generally show that the Germanic peoples were not so poor after all. They are a fine example of medieval jewelry.They are in The Walters Art Gallery, in Baltimore, in the United States.