These antique Victorian Grand period earrings are positively jaw dropping. What more can I say? I think the pictures tell of their beauty and their exquisite condition! Circa 1870 or perhaps even earlier, these earrings have it all plus an unusual feature- matching enameling on the top section of the tassels. They were professionally tested and are 14k gold. They measure 2 1/2" in length and the oval tops are 3/4" wide. The enamel is in excellent antique condition. There is only a speck of loss on one of the tassels, common on champleve enamel pieces of this age, hardly a defect but mentioned for accuracy. There is a single scratch 1 mm long at 7 o'clock on one of the tops at the edge- again, only seen when closely inspected but certainly not when worn. I do not "blur" defects in my photos. I am describing what you would see using magnification. My customers often state that the jewelry is even nicer "in hand" than it was in the pictures. There may have had an additional c clasp to further secure the ear wire at one point, but the wire hooks are long so they are unlikely to accidentally come off. However, I will include clear plastic "nuts" that slide onto the wire in order to further secure them. They have enough weight to them to speak of their quality, but do not weigh down the ear lobe. Antique Victorian earrings such as these are extremely hard to find, especially in this condition. Usually the tops have been long separated from the tassels, but these earrings are intact. I researched but could not find earrings like these with tassels. Most examples of floral enamel have black as a background, but these have a beautiful blue color. The enameling style as seen on the tops of the earrings is often attributed to Swiss craftsmanship. Their condition is excellent for their age of well over a century and will please a discerning collector. These earrings are quite dramatic when worn. They were made to be seen and envied and are not for the faint of heart!
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