Woman of the Georgian period wore lightweight earrings. Some were small simple single drop earrings with hinged hoops. These are the style of earrings Ms. Ginny Redington Dawes and Ms. Olivia Collins wrote about in My Georgian Bible, (Georgian Jewellery 1714-1830.) Two pages are dedicated to this style of Georgian earrings in their book, pages 32-33. They do not however have a pair like these to show as an example however very similar.
True Day Night earrings are so difficult to find and ever so popular. They are highly sought after. A small button or hoop earring could be worn during the daytime and at night; a wonderful dangle could be added so that grand woman could dress up and display them in full beautiful form. Then, perhaps at her candlelit dinner, the gems, in this case (diamonds) would twinkle with a simple turn of her head. It is ever so romantic to even think about a woman 250-300 years ago wearing these very earrings. Maybe she wore them to her child's wedding or were given to her as a special anniversary gift? Boy, if only these jewels could talk.
These earrings were purchased near Venice, Italy. They could have easily made their way from France however with no hallmarks, Italian in origin is my bet. The hoops have a fascinating hinged opening. A bit tricky to open the first or second time however once you get the hang of pushing down on the side that opens and releases it is a piece of cake. The gold hoops and the connecting O rings to the diamond dangles test for exactly 19K Yellow gold. That has been tested with my precision electronic gold testing machine and with acid. The backs of the dangles are gold backed as well. The Karat content is not as high and is testing 12K, perhaps because it is only a thin layer of gold on top of the silver.
The hoops are diamond faceted and although a common size for the period, some may find them small. They measure one hair over 1/2" across. The silver diamond drops measure 7/8" x 7/16" at the widest portion. When worn together, hoop and dangle together becomes a 1 1/4" dangle drop earring. That length is just wonderful in my opinion.
To clean or not to clean, that is the question... Currently there is deep warm patina in the low lying areas of the silver. I have taken a very conservative approach and lightly gone over these with a soft polishing cloth. I can easily polish them further however once the patina is gone, it is gone..
The condition is excellent and the hinges on the hoops are outstanding. You first find the hinged side, put that at the bottom and then gently push down on the top. That will release the hoop. These can be put in either front or back, whichever you are most comfortable doing. Add the dangle or not. I wore these just to take them for a test drive, both ways. Complete luxurious comfort, the hoops alone can be put on and forgotten about. You can easily sleep in these and they will never come off or be lost. With the dangles they are still extremely comfortable.
You can actually use these dangles on larger gold or perhaps sterling silver hoop earrings as the O ring is large and will accommodate a very large hoop. That makes these very versatile.
These are early, Circa 1730. They weigh exactly 4 grams, combined weight and are precisely 2 grams each. The diamonds were all tested. They are very safely set and foil backed. Please do not expose the dangle portion to (Public Enemy Number One) Water! The hoops alone you can shower in but we must protect these antique foils from water or too much direct sun. They are really sparkly and better in person. These are rare earrings and truly decadent. Questions are always welcome and encouraged.
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