Let me start by saying these look magnificent on the ear. They are just long enough and have enough movement to fast become your own 'signature' pieces.
They are thoughtfully lightweight so can be comfortable worn all the time without pulling on your earlobes. They are both dressy and casual at the same time. Wear with anything from denim to silk!
They measure 2 1/2" long and are 3/4" at the 'shoulder' (widest part). Even the long prongs that hold the coral in place are a welcomed design element.
The backplate behind the cameo is beautifully shaped to frame the coral and the only added decoration is the very subtle incised line that follows the edges.
The dagger or urn shapes that make up the dangly part move with you and give them life.
The post backs add to the wearability of them and allows them to sit in just the right spot on your earlobe.
The condition is excellent. The right-facing cameo has a natural flaw which cannot be seen on the ear and can only be seen when looked at from the top down or from the back side when looking upward through the setting. Both of these views would never been seen anywhere except off the ear. This anomaly and the changed wires do affect the price, however, and already have been taken into consideration (so please do not anticipate or ask for a discount based on those factors).
As an aside, historically, coral has been revered as a gemstone for thousands of years. The more modern era begins in the Georgian period and the many special qualities attributed to coral saw a huge fashion upsurge throughout the European continent, especially during the Victorian era.
Just a few of the special qualities attributed to coral include its healing powers, its ability to bring harmony and balance to one's life, its ability to strengthen self-esteem, to aid in digestion, to bring prosperity, etc., etc. These attributes translated into a multitude of fashion statements from earrings to full parures (sets of jewelry including necklace, ring, earrings, bracelet, brooch). Even baby rattles included coral to promote good health.
These Victorian period earrings are a significantly beautiful and timeless example of the best of antique jewelry.
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