ANTIQUE VICTORIAN 14K Gold, Sterling Silver & Rose Cut Diamond Earrings
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AGE: C.1890 or so - perhaps earlier, perhaps later
ITEM: More than likely French in origin, here's a pair of Victorian era earrings of yellow gold and featuring rose cut diamonds set in silver. The earrings are for pierced ears and are French locking closures. The earrings are composed of three parts making them quite lengthy and beauteous to behold!
CONDITION: Very nice with a patina of age. When found, the pair were COMPLETELY black so I gave a light polish. While the gold has come up, the sterling settings do show a touch of tarnish highlighting the diamonds. With regard to one earring, there is a slight "twist" in the bar holding the top and bottom section together; a jeweler could definitely straighten this out. What it means for the single earring right now, the bottom portion tilts a fraction to the left..
METAL CONTENT: 14K Gold & Sterling Silver
HALLMARKS: None, as is the norm with older pieces of Victorian jewelry; the French usually had hallmarks on only the card holding the item - if the surface of the item was too small for stamping. Gold has been gently acid tested for content and tests positively at 14K. However, if the earrings ARE French, then the content would be 18K. Silver tests at a 925 level.
SIZE: From top of first diamond to bottom of second measures 1-7/16"; width is 3/8" near the bottom.
WEIGHT: 3.8 grams combined
DIAMONDS: 3 tiny rose cut diamonds/2 small (5 total), very clear. very sparkly, to each earring. They are prong set into the settings - "best fit" so to speak as the edges of the diamonds are irregular and not completely round. If I had to guesstimate on the size of the stones, I'd say about 1 point each for the small and 3-5 points each for the larger.
FINAL COMMENTS: Just a wonderful antique pair of diamond earrings!
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