Dating to c.1740-1750, these magnificent carnelian earrings are a rare discovery, as well as a highly-wearable example of early Georgian jewelry!
Measuring 1 1/2" from the tops of their original ear wires by 5/8" wide, these perfectly-proportioned earrings have made it through 265+ years in outstanding, all-original condition, and are just we wearable today as when they graced the ears of a lady of fashion during the 1740s! (The term "Queen Anne" jewelry is a bit of a misnomer, as Anne only reigned from 1701 until her death in 1716, but just as with furniture dating to the first half of the 18th-century, the term "Queen Anne" is widely used to categorize English jewelry made from c.1720-1750.)
This pair of earrings is an outstanding example; unlike most jewelry of this era, they are set with genuine stones rather than pastes, and their shepherd's hook ear wires are much easier to insert than the typically thick, back-to-front "snaps" of the same era! These earrings feature a small cluster of cut steel rivets set in a floret motif, from which descend two large carnelian cabochon drops. Each cabochon measures 23 mm x 16.5 x 13 mm deep, and weigh a calculated 33.74 carats EACH!
These stones are hand-cut and polished, and perfectly matched for color, which is a vivid, almost amber orange with natural reddish flecks and striations. As with all Queen Anne jewelry, each stone is securely set with dozens of rubbed-over, saw tooth claws, and both stones are and closed at the back in "pillow" style mountings of copper gilt. The foils really give these stones an ultra-special glow, and I have taken the photos in both natural and indoor light to show them off to their best advantage!
These earrings have been treated with the utmost care after many, many generations; the ear wires are original, and are thicker than later Regency-era examples. (A caveat here for ladies who are not used to wearing original 18th-century earrings; you can easily wear these if the holes in your ears are a bit stretched, or are on the larger side!) These jewels have made it into the 21st century in as fine a condition as the most discerning collector could hope for; the cut steel does show age patina, but no rust, and there are no losses to either the gemstones or to the mountings! SO RARE!
Weighing 10.70 grams for the pair, these earrings are comfortable on the ear, glow with deep golden fire with every turn of the head! These earrings are the perfect shade to dress up or down; they will take you from the office to the opera in true, early Georgian style! (For a reference on the construction of jewelry of this date, please see the last photo, taken from a Christie's auction of early 18th-century paste jewelry.) These are the kind of early earrings that I would love to keep them for my own collection, but this is not a shade I wear often, so let my loss be your gain!
If you collect the finest in Georgian jewelry, this investment-worthy pair of earrings are waiting to be added to your collection! They would also make a stellar gift for any lady fond of the best in historic jewelry, and will be shipped in a gift box. Most fine antique jewelry dealers would ask $1800+ for a pair of earrings as fine and early as this, but I base my prices on what I pay. (I got a good deal, so why shouldn't you?) Do not miss this rarity; these are the first earrings of their kind that I have discovered in the past decade plus! Up to 60-day layaway is available, and as always, USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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