A pair of Estate 18 karat gold and platinum earrings with white and yellow diamonds by Van Cleef & Arpels. The earrings have 96 round-cut white diamonds with an approximate total weight of 10.50 carats, F/G color, VS clarity and 96 round-cut natural fancy vivid yellow diamonds with an approximate total weight of 10.50 carats. The diamonds range in size from ,07 carat to .15 carat. The earrings have been certified by the Gemological Institute of America, certificate # 2175461170 for the natural fancy vivid yellow diamonds.
A pair of French Late-20th Century 18 karat gold earrings with white diamonds and fancy colored diamonds by René Boivin. The textured gold earrings are a wide open tear drop studded with variously-colored fancy diamonds. A large decorative ''X'' of gold and white diamonds encircles the bottom of the earring, making them fully dimensional. The earrings have 118 round brilliant-cut white and fancy color diamonds with an approximate total weight of 9.40 carats.
A pair of American Estate 18 karat yellow and white gold earrings with aquamarines, sapphires and diamonds by Zwikker & Zacher. These earrings have 4 oval aquamarines with an approximate total weight of 34.00 carats, 28 oval sapphires with an approximate total weight of 10.00 carats, and 34 round-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of .68 carats. Detachable drops. With original box. Beloved as the birthstone for the month of March, the name aquamarine is derived from the Latin word for sea water. Known and treasured since before modern times, the 1st Century A.D. historian and philosopher Pliny the Elder wrote of the stone, "the lovely aquamarine, which seems to have come from some mermaid''s treasure house, in the depths of a summer sea, has charms not to be denied." Roman legend had it that the stone absorbed and preserved young love, and was the most popular stone for marriage and morning gifts. (A morning gift is an object presented to the bride by her groom the morning after their wedding.) In fact, this custom may well be the origin of the "something blue" that is traditionally presented to a bride before her nuptials. The stone was also believed to protect travelers, particularly sailors, and is often associated with the far-traveling St. Thomas the Apostle. From ancient through Medieval times aquamarine was the preferred stone for the making of fortune-tell
ing crystal balls for its supposed "divining power," and similarly used as an antidote to eye illnesses for the same reason. This particular piece exemplifies the beauty of blue aquamarine, especially with its stunning blue sapphire and diamond accents.
A pair of Italian late-20th century 18 karat gold earrings with rubies and diamonds by Bulgari. Both the elegantly petite tops and the substantial drops of these earrings feature a hexagonal ruby of exceptional color framed by two plaques of brilliant-cut diamonds. The two major segments of the earring are joined by a stylized curb link also accented with white brilliant-cut diamonds, beautifully marrying the three design elements of the piece. The 2 larger rubies have the approximate total weight of 5.00 carats and the 2 smaller rubies have the approximate total weight 1.70 carats. The 90 round-cut diamonds have the approximate total weight of 1.60 carats.
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