Dating to c.1830-1840, these transitional late Georgian/William IV earrings are a wearable delight!
Measuring a perfectly-proportioned 2" long x 3/4" wide, these elegant drop earrings are wrought from pinchbeck, the gold substitute invented by Sir Christopher Pinchbeck c.1720. So successful was this alloy of 87% copper and 13% zinc that the "recipe" for this alloy was kept a family secret for generations. Genuine pinchbeck boasts the color and heft of 20k gold, but does not wear through like rolled gold or gold-filled jewelry. The invention of the electroplating process in 1840 sounded the death knell for this alloy, as it was far less expensive to produce.
Today, pinchbeck jewelry has become highly sought-after in its own right, and these earrings boast rich natural rhodolite garnets set in magnificently-designed pinchbeck frames! The garnets are the MOST delectable shade of deepest wine with a hint of violet, and are expertly cut and faceted into elongated teardrops! The garnets measure 15 mm x 6 mm at the widest points, and weigh approx. three carats each. The gemstones are claw-set into individual pinchbeck collets. The frames boast the acanthus leaf and scroll motifs so popular during the 1830s. SIMPLY LOVELY!
The only sign of restoration to these earrings are the replaced ear wires, which appear to be hand-drawn and constructed. The wires test to 14k gold and are unmarked, leading me to believe that they were added before 1907, when gold hallmarking was first required by law in the US. This does not detract from the inherent value of these earrings, but I have set my price with this bit of restoration in mind. These earrings are otherwise 100% original, without damage or repairs.
Simply a smashing pair of pinchbeck and garnet earrings, these jewels look wonderful on the ear, and can be worn with anything from blue jeans to a ball gown! If you love the best in Georgian jewelry, these earrings belong in your collection! They would also make a wonderful gift for any lady fond of historic jewelry, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss these stunners; layaway is not available on this item, but they are priced for fast sale, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
Your Specialists in Fine Jewelry and Decorative Arts from Antiquity - 1900. Est. 1987.
I WILL BE OUT OF THE OFFICE From 10/5-10/25. Orders May Be Placed and Paid For, But Will Not Be Shipped Until 10/26. Thanks!