Dating to c.1795-1805, I am thrilled to present this highly-rare pair of French Georgian faceted, high-karat gold hoop earrings for the consideration of my Ruby Lane clientele!
Measuring a grand 1 1/4" in diameter x 2mm thick, these magnificent French earrings have all of the "bells and whistles!" Not only are they hand-wrought from solid 14k rose gold, but they are classically-wearable, and in fresh-as-a-daisy condition after over 210 years (illegible provincial French hallmarks, maker's marks "G.W." to ear wires; tested)!
I acquired these earrings (along with the fabulous 14k Victorian hoops I have also listed today) from the American estate of a lifetime collector of fine antique jewelry, now deceased. This lady chose only the finest pieces, and treated them with great care; these earrings are just as fresh today as when they first adorned the ears of a lady of wealth and fashion at the end of the 18th century!
These cunning jewels are very typical of the fine hoop earrings popular in France during the Napoleonic Wars, and they are beautifully-crafted! The hoops are gently faceted, and the ear wires are pin-set, with hand-cut "hooks" which fit seamlessly into the hoops! Best of all, these earrings have made it through over two centuries in all-original, fresh-as-a-daisy condition! SO RARE!!!
It is VERY rare to discover high-karat gold hoop earrings of this date in any condition, as much of the French gold jewelry of this decade was melted down to aid in the Napoleonic War effort. This pair escaped the melting pot, and are just as fresh today as when they first adorned the ears of a lady of wealth and fashion at the end of the 18th century! They are free of losses or repairs, and weighing in at 4.37 grams for the pair, they are anything but fragile!
Suitable for day or evening wear, these incredible rose-gold French hoops look nothing short of spectacular on the ear, and WHAT a history! The design of these Creole jewels have transcended the whims of fashion, and are suitable for day or evening wear by a 21st-century collector!
If you cherish the rare and wonderful in antique French gold jewelry, these earrings will become the "go-to" pair of your collection! They would also make a splendid gift for any lady fond of Georgian-era jewelry, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss these elegant rarities; I do not expect to find another, up to 60-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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