Dating to c.1850-1860, this pair of high-Victorian earrings are an outstanding example of Romantic-era jewelry!
Measuring a grand 3 1/8" long from the top of their replacement ear wires x 3/4" at their widest points, these earrings truly have all of the "bells and whistles!" These beautiful jewels feature three banded agate orbs measuring 9 mm in diameter, connected by openwork, floret-motif 10k gold caps top and bottom! They terminate in a large orb measuring 18 mm in diameter, and these drops are "caged" in ornate cast gold openwork caps with textured bead work! All of the gold elements are unmarked, but test to 10k yellow gold, leading me to believe that these earrings are American in origin. The agate beads are lovely in themselves, with banding in shades of espresso, caramel, white, and taupe! SO GRAND!
As with much of the jewelry of the 1850s, the gold elements have a matte finish, which really adds richness and dimension to these already-impressive earrings! Best of all, they have made it into the 21st-century in as fine a condition as the most discriminating collector could hope for; there are no losses or repairs to either the agates or the gold! These earrings have not been cleaned, and the gold has built up a rich "bloom" which only the passing of generations can impart. Their combined weight is 23.12 grams.
Simply a rare and wonderful example of early Victorian jewelry, these earrings are perfect for the lady who loves her antique fine jewelry to make a regal statement, and are perfect for wearing on that special night out on the town! They would also make a stellar gift for any lady who loves the finest in dramatic fine jewelry, and will be shipped in a gift box suitable for giving or storing. Do not miss these outstanding jewels; up to 45-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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