A remarkable pair of late 18th century earrings in rose and green gold, the centers set with miniatures. Many characteristics connote an 18th century date, from the motif and materials to the obvious fact they are completely constructed by hand. Individually cut sheets of 15k rose gold surround plaques of midnight blue enamel decorated with an applied pattern of green gold fleur-de-lys framed by individually threaded tiny seed pearls. The center of each is set with a sepia painting of a cherub, one holding a dove (?), the other with a bow and arrow, a holdover from the Rococo period. The reverse of each is blank. Blue enamel jewelry became the rage in 18th century England first, and then migrated to France. Often set with diamonds in rings (and noting the magnificent diamond set ‘giardinetti’ bracelet we also have for sale), most blue enamel jewelry took the form of rings. We have never seen a pair of earrings like these and doubt we will again! Truly elegant, just the right weight, and comfortable to wear, they would make a great conversation piece at your next cocktail party.
Condition: Excellent. The miniatures have a little oxidation not unusual for their age, but the images are still clearly visible
Hallmarks: later French assay marks (double eagle), possibly English dating to the late 18th century. Otherwise unmarked, they test as 15k gold.
Dimensions: 46mm long to the top of the hooks, 21mm wide (1 ¾” x 7/8”)
Gross weight: 14.5 grams