Antique Victorian Sterling Silver 3.88CT TW Rose Cut Diamond Drop Earrings Pierced Earrings Omega Backs
Dating to the late 1890s or so, may I offer this pair of silver drop earrings featuring a ton of rose cut - old cut - rough cut diamonds. Of a lengthy size and width, the earrings HAVE been converted from their original findings. When the conversion was done I do not know but cleanly, nicely and without gobs of solder, they have been refashioned into the pierced earrings with omega backs you see right now. About the only thing I have done is give the earrings a light polish. While all the diamonds are prong set, most are set into closed backs which means once the silver metal tarnishes, the dark color transfers through the diamond; those that aren't in closed backs, the color is bright and white (that's why you see black in the photos as well as clear sparkle)!
Condition: Excellent with no diamonds missing. They look a treat on the earlobe and I am sorry my pics don't show them to their best advantage.
Metal Content: Sterling Silver
Hallmarks: None on the earrings - they were lightly acid tested for content. The earwires do have a mark of STER at the base of the omega.
Size: Length from top to bottom drop is just a little over 2"; width is about 1/2".
Diamonds: Color and clarity is hard to determine because of the tarnish at the back of the stones. Each earring contains 14 diamonds. Surface measurements are: ONE stone, the largest in the top ball that holds the drop - about 5mm around (50 points). TWO stones are around 3.5mm (17 points). TEN stones are around 3mm (11 points) and the LAST stone measures 1.5mm (1.5 points). Total diamond count APPROXIMATE to each earring appears to be .50 + .34 + 1.10 + 1.5 = 1.95CT each earring x 2 = 3.88CT TW the pair give or take; it's hard yo see the depth of the stones so weight could be plus or minus. The stones are definitely period appropriate to the silver settings!
Weight: 13.7 grams the pair.
Final Comments: Scrumptious!
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Antique Victorian Sterling Silver Rose Cut Diamond Drop Earrings - Pierced Earrings