This is a reproduction example of vermeil (gold over sterling silver) and lapis lazuli gemstone earrings made in a Victorian style of the late 1800's. Many companies today are making antique-look jewelry and their items can be had for a price much less than antique examples. New reproduction jewelry may be nice accessories for those who want to wear items with the look of being antique without facing the prospect of possible loss or damage to an authentic antique article. However, a new reproduction jewelry piece should not be represented to actually be a true 'antique' of a past age and should be priced accordingly. This particular set of earrings is still available new from a reproduction wholesale source for less than $60.
Keep in mind that any modern manufacturer can re-create past styles from new molds (or old). They may use hand-finished details or the same kinds of stones you might expect to find in a truly old piece. Gemstones can just as easily be cut to look old-fashioned as cut in a more modern fashion.
The gold vermeil surface finish is fully intact on this pair of earrings and looks like new, because they are new. The backs are also stamped 925 for Sterling Silver, which is not a mark that would be present on an authentic Victorian era pair of earrings. The pierced locking hook backs are also of modern make, not old. These characteristics may not always be something a novice buyer would know to look for. And that is why the expertise of a knowledgeable seller can be the saving grace for buyers that may be uncertain in the area of identification or authentication.
These earrings measure approx 1 1/4 inches long by 3/4 inches wide.
Item ID: 2007RP000170
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