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 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.
An American Art Nouveau enamel, 14 karat bloomed gold and diamond pendant locket. The figure on the heart-shaped pendant locket wears an old European-cut diamond ''earring'' with an approximate weight of .04 carat. The uniquely-shaped pendant locket has double-sided compartments.
A pair of French Retro 18 karat gold bouquet earrings with diamonds and sapphires by Van Cleef & Arpels. Each designed as a cluster of sapphire blossoms centering diamond pistils amidst leaves and foliage, set with 10 round brilliant-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 1.00 carat and 50 round brilliant-cut sapphires with an approximate total weight of 6.00 carats.
A pair of American Retro 14 karat rose gold earrings, with diamond, sapphire and ruby, by Marianne Ostier. Designed as stylized scallop-edged blossoms with highly-polished and reflective rose-gold petals, set with lines of round brilliant-cut diamonds, approximate total weight 0.70 carats, sapphires with an approximate total weight 1.40 carats, and rubies with an approximate total weight 1.40 carats. An internationally-known mid-century artist, Marianne Ostier collaborated with her husband Oliver to create award-winning jewels acclaimed for their abstract, sculptural forms. Ostier''s New York salon was famed for its original aesthetic and superb custom craftsmanship. In 1966, her work was exhibited in the United States along with that of Georges Bracque and Salvador Dalí.
A pair of Estate coral, diamond and 18 karat gold earrings by Van Cleef & Arpels. The articulated earrings have 4 oval cabochon coral centers that are framed with 90 round-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 7.50 carats, G/H color, VS clarity. The suspended bottoms of the earrings are detachable. With Van Cleef & Arpels box.
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.
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