Dating to c.1900-1910, this pair of Edwardian natural Italian coral earrings are a classic, and their early 9k gold clip backs are a boon for ladies without pierced ears!
Measuring 11.5 mm in diameter x 6.5 mm thick, these gorgeous earrings boast stunning, hand-cut coral "bouton" cabochons which are perfectly matched for color! These Edwardian beauties are the rich, soft shade of salmon which was so very popular during the first decade of the 20th-century, and they boast an incredibly rare feature - a very early and original set of clip backs wrought in 9k yellow gold! The absolute earliest form of a clip finding I have ever seen in a pair of earrings was actually on a pair of early 19th-century Berlin Ironwork jewels, but these are certainly the earliest I have ever seen wrought in karat gold!
Most earrings of the Edwardian era utilized threaded posts and screw-on nuts, which were replaced by screw backs c.1925. However, Edwardian ladies of fashion who wished to wear earrings without boring holes through their skin were required to have their earrings custom-made, as in this case! The backs of the coral boutons are fitted with 9k gold backs, which display a pin-set hinge. These substantial findings are unmarked, but test to 9k gold, and are in perfect working order!
Best of all, these earrings have made it through 110+ years in 100% all-original condition, without repairs or replacements! The only sign of wear is to the back of one of the clips, where one of the two tiny golden tabs has been filed down; this in no way compromises the value or construction of these jewels; I only mention it for complete accuracy. Otherwise, they are perfect, and look just as fresh today as when they were first sported by a lady of wealth and fashion well over a century ago! SO ELEGANT!
Perfect for everyday wear, these earrings will take you from the office to the theatre in true Edwardian style! They are certain to become a treasured addition to your antique jewelry collection, and weigh in at a sturdy 6.68 grams. They would also make a STELLAR gift for any lady fond of the finest in antique coral jewelry, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss these one-of-a-kind beauties; up to 30-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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