Dating to c.1825-1835, this pair of fine late-Georgian amethyst paste earrings come straight from my personal collection of antique jewelry, but I rarely wear them, so I have decided to "de-access" them for the consideration of my Ruby Lane clientele!
Measuring 2" long with their replacement 14k lever back ear wires x 3/4" wide, these beautiful earrings are wrought from green and yellow pinchbeck, and set with fabulous paste amethysts! Surviving pinchbeck jewels are highly collectible in themselves, but two- or three-colored pinchbeck examples are especially rare and sought-after! Here, we see two large and luscious teardrop-shaped amethyst pastes, each measuring 18 mm x 10 mm and each weighing approx. 8 "carats." The pastes are collet- and claw-set in ornate, open-backed, repousee pinchbeck frames. The acanthus leaves are tinted green, and the bead work and collets are gold, adding even more color and dimension to these pretty jewels!
These earrings are in exquisite condition for their 185-year-old history; when I acquired them, the original tops were long gone, so I added the 14k gold lever backs you see here. Now they are ready for at least another century of wear! I adore the color of these pastes; they glow and shimmer with all of the richness of the best Siberian amethysts, at a fraction of the price!
Weighing in at 5.74 grams for the pair, these lovely jewels will take you from the boardroom to the ballroom in true 1830s style! If you love the best in early paste and pinchbeck jewelry, these earrings belong in your collection! They would also make a splendid gift for any lady fond of Georgian costume jewelry, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss these colorful dazzlers; up to 30-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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