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Very Rare Memento Mori Victorian Earrings - 14K
We see memento jewelry all the time - most often in pins and occasionally in a ring or bracelet, but very rarely if ever in earrings. Often they are referred to as mourning jewelry - but not always. The original meaning of Memento Mori in the Georgian era referred to the expression "Remember, you must die." But memento jewelry could also be romantic. A token locket or braiding of one's children, or for the wearer's love for any other.
These gorgeous earrings feature a faceted foil back Garnet in each drop with glazed compartments in the back. The compartments hold plaited hair in each but a jeweler can easily remove the backs for you to insert your own special photograph or memento if you like. In any case, these are a collector's dream.
The earrings measure just under 1.5" long and appear to have their original Shepherd's Crook hangers attached to the delicate engraved and leaf cut tops.
CONDITION: Remarkably fine antique condition with minimal age appropriate wear. No losses or dints to note. The little connector bales have opened slightly as can be seen if you look closely at the photographs. Our Antique Restoration Jeweler is presently re-closing them to insure they are safe to wear, and will also hand clean the earrings where needed (primarily on the backs.) Exquisite hand craftsmanship & a lovely bloomed finish. Tested to 14K gold, they date to the late Georgian - early Victorian period. No Marks. Original origin is unknown. Acquired from an estate in Australia.
An independent gemological appraisal will be provided for these fine earrings.
Our fine jewelry is always shipped at no charge to our clients.
A rare & wonderful find for any serious collector of Georgian and Victorian jewelry. They are also gorgeous on the ear!
Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: Gold, Size: 1.5 inches L
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