No one knows who Shakespeare's famous Dark Lady of his sonnets was. The title may refer to her coloring or simply to the mystery that has always surrounded her. This is the newest in my Shakespeare's Dark Lady line, started in 2000.
The gemstones are smoky quartz, a semi precious gemstone associated with mystery and intrigue during Shakespeare's time, and glittering Chinese jet crystal.
The earrings feature 8mm. smoky quartz rounds that are micro-faceted for a maximum of sparkle. I've paired them with 6mm. and 4mm. faceted rondelles of Chinese jet crystal. They are worked on 24kt. sterling vermeil pins, with bronze and gold-plate filigree accents. The 4mm. jet crystals are worked on 14kt. gold-filled pins. They hang from sterling vermeil French hooks. The earrings measure 1 & 7/8" total, and 1 & 3/8" without the wires.
The last scan is Lady Mary Fitton, by an anonymous painter. She is thought by some historians to be the Dark Lady of Shakespeare's sonnets.
All metals are 24kt. sterling vermeil or 14kt. gold-filled, except for the filigree beadcaps which are gold plate. The smoky quartz is genuine. The Chinese jet crystal is lab-created.
The retail value of these earrings in a good historical jewelry catalogue would be approximately $75.
You don't need a full Renaissance costume to feel like a romantic heroine--a simple longish dress, and this lovely set will make you feel like a Lady of the Tudor court herself!
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