These antique, French gold earrings are quite dramatic. They are early 19th century and the form is poissarde. This form of earring with back to front closure was popular in France, Germany and Italy. In the book Georgian Jewelry, by Dawes and Collings, pg 33 states...These were hoop earrings with a back to front fitting that resembled a fish hook. The form was so called because they were first worn by the fishwives selling their wares in Les Halles.
This example is especially beautiful with a central carnelian accent set within a bezel created within spiral of gold . The gold work is superior with cannetille accents and rope twists around the gold plaques. They are easy to fasten and the design with the characteristic central "S" creates drama and balance from the side view.
They measure 1 7/8 inches long by 1 1/8 inches deep X 1/2 inch across the center. There is a French poincon, a guarantee stamp for 18 karat gold on the ear wires. They are in excellent condition and retain a beautiful, rich patina.
France, circa 1830.