These Victorian cameo earrings are in wonderful condition and will look super at work or play. They are of a size that should be suitable for any shape face and neck length. Both the top and bottom of the earrings are comprised of graceful curlicues. Accenting the curlicues as well as the sides of the cameo mountings are tiny circular flat and rounded knobs (for want of a better word).
The cameos have been inspected with a 10 power loupe and are firmly seated in the earrings. They are in excellent condition with no cracks, missing pieces, deep scratches/abrasions or repairs. They have a lot of detail within their 1/2" tall x 3/8" wide oval shape. Being petite a lot of the carving was done with notches instead of rounded curves as done in larger cameos. With the loupe I did find an occasional rough rim on a notch but it is impossible to be sure if it is from original carving or from wear. The cameos are made from carnelian which is a form of quartz. The deep transition of color between the white and light rust found on the backside of the stone causes the high polished background to the ladies to be a lovely dusty rose coloration.
The gold is also in excellent condition with no rips, dents, holes, cracks, nasty scratches/abrasions, missing pieces or known repairs. The curlicues are well rounded and all of the accent knobs are there. The ear wire has been attached to the earring with a hinge as well as the top portion of the earring being attached to the circular cameo dangle with another hinge. All four hinges appear to be all original with out repair and are free moving. These hinges give you more control and ease of inserting the ear wire into your ear, it's a nice design feature! On the backside of both earring mountings there is a recessed area where you can see the backside of the cameo. In this area there is a yellow gold colored 1/32" wide ring that is flush against the cameo and firmly lead soldered to the rose gold mounting. We can only assume that these rings are original to assembly as we have seen the mix of colors and materials quite often in antique jewelry and stone cameos are sometimes fixed in place with a lead soldered mount.
The earrings contain no marks of any kind but Rich has acid tested and will guarantee a minimum of 14kt. rose gold. He can not get a rub of the rings(mounts) due to their being recessed without the possibility of damaging an earring. The earrings measure 1 1/4" from their top knob to the bottom of the base curlicue and measure a hair over 5/8" at the widest point. A lovely pair of hardstone cameo earrings in super condition at a great price.
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