This Absolutely Stunning pair of (shoulder duster) earrings are just remarkable. I have been letting go of some of my personal collection and this has been one of my prized pair of personal earrings for years and years...
The stones are hand cut natural quartz crystals. Each hand faceted exactly like a diamond would have been. It took the cutter just as much time to facet a piece of quartz as it did a diamond as quartz is much higher on the Mohs scale than glass paste. Each stone is foil backed and bead set so stones do not fall out. The stones are absolutely brilliant and sparkle galore! I have always protected my fine foil back paste, and diamond or other gemstone jewelry by keeping it well away from direct sunlight and Never exposing it to water. Honestly, I never even bring my foil backed jewels into the bathroom as even steam from the shower can damage these delicate foils...
Long and Luxurious.. These earrings measure 3 1/2" from the top of the earwire x 7/8" across the widest portion of the earring. They are articulated 4 times and the movement is beautiful. Just the slightest move of the head and these earrings move and sway with beauty. Each earring weighs 11.2 grams which I find a very comfortable weight. Total weight of earrings is 22.4 grams. The earrings are hallmarked with double French boar heads on both earrings. There is also a third hallmark inside of a triangular cartouche which I am sure indicates city but I just cannot make it out. These are early Victorian Circa 1840-1850.
The condition is absolutely remarkable. All of the pastes are bright and sparkly with no dead stones and no disruption to the foil backs. They are silver, likely 900, standard for France with 15K yellow gold wires. Gold has been tested..
3 1/2" in length, tested natural hand faceted quartz crystals. Circa 1840 sitting on the late Georgian / Early Victorian border.
French, Fabulous and just simply runway earrings fit for the finest of collections. If you did not know these were quartz crystals, you would absolutely think they were diamonds and so will everyone else. I have had more compliments from dealer's and woman on the street it is remarkable. Show stoppers! Questions are always welcome and encouraged.
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