Medieval Inspired 18K Gold, .40CT TW Sapphire & Sterling Silver Drop Earrings by James Cleland
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AGE: In business since 1988 so hard to pinpoint an exact date.
ARTISAN: James Cleland - Jeweler Extraordinaire and former resident of St. Louis, MO. Mr. Cleland is both a scientist and artisan who specializes in One of a Kind designs - both naturalistic and Medieval/Victorian. He has won numerous awards for his One of a Kind designs and has had his work exhibited at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the Wilding Art Museum in Los Olivos. One of his most recent competition wins was placing First in a juried international art competition sponsored by Art Buzz, a non-profit collective that links professional artists to art dealers, collectors, and art lovers worldwide.
ITEM: A pair of silver, gold and sapphire earrings for pierced ears. Composed of two parts, the top design is a round with a gold "button" while the bottom is "shield shaped" and features a Maltese Cross embellished with a Blue Sapphire at the center. The earrings are for pierced ears and are posts with overly large nuts.
CONDITION: Perfect! The earrings have NOT been polished in a very long time so tarnish has set in. This is most apparent in the shield. Should a high shine be desired, all that is needed is a light polish. I must admit, however, that the patina of the tarnish has caused the piece to look more Medieval in appearance!
METAL CONTENT: Sterling Silver and 18K Gold
BLUE SAPPHIRE: Looks like a cushion cut stone but I cannot be sure because of the setting. The stone measures 3.5mm x 3.5mm (20 points each approx) for a total carat weight of .40CT TW.
HALLMARKS: James Cleland, Solvang, Sterling, 18K
SIZE: From top to bottom measures 1-7/8"; width is 7/8".
WEIGHT: 9.8 grams the pair.
FINAL COMMENTS: Mr. Cleland's custom creations were NOT for the faint of heart when it came to the pocketbook. The pieces I offer (3 in total) came from the St. Louis area and I have tried to price them fairly; in looking at his past work, these earrings would have retailed around $1,495. From what I understand from local gossip, Mr. Cleland is now retiring from the jeweler's bench and in doing so, his prior creations can only appreciate in value. Here's a chance to collect a true ONE OF A KIND pierce of jewelry from a master goldsmith!
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