These cameo earrings offer beautiful carvings with the elegant sparkle of marcasites!
Perfectly sized at just under 3/4" tall, these earrings are crafted to perfection. The cameos offer depictions of two beautiful young women with upswept hair. These are opposing carvings (facing) and are carved from the sardonyx shell (Cassis Madagascariensis. Each cameo itself measures 17mm tall by 13mm wide. They are set in thick 800 silver frames secured with two prongs each at top and bottom as well as secure bezels that are laden with 22 sparkling marcasites. Their 4mm bezels are fitted with petite non-pierced clips hallmarked "800". Together the earrings weigh 7.7 grams,
We estimate age of these earrings to be 1930's-1940's. This particular bezel design was most likely crafted in Germany, with their Italian counterparts usually more lightweight. The cameos are most certainly from Italy with their quality superb. The shells are supple and without chips or cracks. The nicely carved details are still crisp as new, with the hefty silver frames keeping them secure all these years. All of the 44 marcasites are original and present. The clips are in excellent working order and their petite size offers a fit so comfortable that you will forget you are even wearing them.
We love the color and overall design of these earrings and you will, too. The manner in which the marcasites light up the shells' bright white and deep chocolate stratas is amazing. Is it any wonder that Victorian ladies were so taken with these "black diamonds"? They catch everyone's attention!
These earrings are ready to wear and enjoy upon arrival, so they make a great gift choice.
They will be delivered in a lovely presentation case, perfect for gift giving and storage, along with a copy of our easy cameo care instructions.
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