A pair of antique silver-top/18 karat gold rhodium plated earrings with diamonds. The earrings have 96 Old European-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 8.70 carats, (including large diamonds, approximate weight .75 carat each), H/I/J color, SI clarity. In the late 19th century, a revival of Georgian and French 18th-Century design took place. These pendeloque ear pendants exemplify this revival, as the majority of ear pendants of this age were set entirely with diamonds or a combination of diamonds and pearls. Similar examples of these earrings are illustrated in Earrings, by Daniela Mascetti and Amanda Triossi, Thames & Hudson, 1990, pgs. 71-76.
A pair of Antique 18 kt gold and oxidized silver earrings with diamonds and pearls. The earrings have 22 old mine-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 5.90 carats, K/L color, SI clarity, and 2 natural saltwater pearls measuring 11.91 x 11.27 x 9.23 mm; 11.90 x 11.05 x 8.54 mm.Gemological Institute of America Pearl Report #2165053962 stating "Natural Saltwater''. The earrings are composed in a classic cluster motif. The lever backs are newer.
A pair of English Antique 15 karat silver-top gold earrings with diamonds. The earrings have 96 rose-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 10 carats. The earrings are designed in the style of 18th Century girandole earring so popular in Marie Antoinette''s France. Newer backs. Similar pictured in Earrings From Antiquity to the Present, by Daniela Mascetti and Amanda Triossi, Thames & Hudson, 1990, page 76-77.
A pair of French Antique 18 karat gold earrings with diamonds and lapis lazuli. The articulated earrings have 6 rose-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of .24 carat, and round and lozenge-shape lapis lazuli stones. French wires later.Late 19th Century earrings discussed in "Earrings From Antiquity to the Present", by Daniela Mascetti and Amanda Triossi, Thames & Hudson, 1990, page 85-88.
A pair of Antique platinum drop earrings with diamonds. The earrings have a delicate graduating drop of four stones and a delicate downward-facing leaf motif garnishing the top of a dramatic tear drop housing a 2.00 carat old European-cut diamond. The earrings have approximately 5.5 carats of diamonds in total.
A charming 18 karat gold chain featuring six heart-shaped, diamond-studded dangling charms with a matching pair of two-tiered diamond and gold heart shaped earrings. Each heart in this traditionally sentimental late Victorian suite is studded with approximate total weigh of 2.20 carats of old European-cut diamonds adding substantial sparkle to the already brilliant polished gold. The highly sentimental nature of Victorian jewelry is due in large part to the great love affair between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The young Queen and her Prince were among the 19th Century''s most celebrated icons of fashion, and they openly celebrated their very doting relationship by giving each other jewelry with snakes or hearts, symbols of eternal love. Although lockets with compartments designed to hold human hair are most often associated with mourning jewelry, they were also, as this necklace and earring suite most probably were, presented as tokens of love.
Dimensions: Necklace: 16'''' long; earring 1-1/4" long
A pair of Antique 18 karat gold drop earrings with emeralds, diamonds and pearls. The drop earrings have 10 rectangular-cut emeralds with an approximate total weight of 0.80 carats, 24 rose-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 0.12 carats, and 6 round pearls. Worn with a shepherd''s hook.
A pair of English antique 18 karat gold girandole earrings. The highly polished Victorian earrings each designed as a flexible cascade of sphere, incised leaf and bar elements suspending three graduating elongated drops. Ever popular, the girandole pendant earring dates from the 17th century, when it was inspired by a newly invented crystal candelabra. Golden girandoles, set with flexibly hanging, faceted rock crystal cascades, had brought a novel type of illumination to noble interiors and revolutionized night life. Jewelers soon realized that earrings of a similar construction, with all the elements moving independently and swinging freely with each motion of the head, would catch and direct light to the face. Variously designed and modified over time with diamonds, pastes or brightly polished surfaces, and flattering every shape of face, the girandole earring has always remained in demand.
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