Timeless splendor and exquisite preservation abound in these stately antique earrings. Beautifully crafted of 10K yellow gold with extensive enamelwork and amethyst and pearl accents, these beauties harken back to the late 19th century. However, their superb condition tells a story of a splendid life indeed.
These enchanting dangle earrings are a splendid example of the precision artistry of elaborate chasing and enamelwork (baiss-taille) of the 19th century. Nicely sized, the earrings offer their original 14K gold pierced wire fittings with a generously sized plaque dangle. Born of a time when 10K gold would have been selected for its strength and 14K gold for ease in wire shaping.
The earrings measure 1-3/4" long ( 43mm), wire to base and consist of 12K locking kidney wires with round 7mm gold stations accented with a 2mm natural seed pearl at center. The elaborate scrolled pendant drops feature a taille d'Epargne design (chased engraving and black enameling) with a bloomed (matte sheen) finish. Each includes a .50 ct pear shaped amethyst (9x7.5mm) at center with 2mm natural seed pearl at top. Total amethyst carat weight is 1 carat.
The amethysts' striking hue is a reddish violet and not a dark purple. The four natural pearls are original, matching, with no two exactly alike. The pendant drops measure 32mm tall (1-1/4") by 12.5mm (11/16"). There are no hallmarks, but the plaques test as 10K and the wires at least 14K. Together, the earrings weigh 7.1 grams.
We estimate age at approximately 1880 and their condition is excellent. There are no missing ornamental scrolls or beads and the chasing and enamel preservation is superb. Upon magnification and only when viewed at just the right angle, we see a single minute hairline chip to the fine enamel lines at the base of one earring pendant. The amethyst stones and four pearls are original and tight in their prong and bezel mounts. The wires are original to the earrings and they lock securely.
These 19th century wonders are ready to charm and work their magic all over again.
The earrings will be delivered in a lovely presentation case, perfect for gift giving and storage.
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