These earrings are wonderful with their mixed metalwork and textures. The top of the earring, the outer frame surrounding the leaf dangle and all beads are rose gold. The curlicues at the top of the earring, the flowers stem and the stamen are yellow gold. The applied leaf and flower are green gold. The gold plaque behind the large leaf appears to be a very mellow bronze toned gold or a very pale rose gold.
The gold is in excellent plus condition with no rips, dents, holes, cracks, deep scratches, abrasions or repairs. All of the applied metal work is there, is original and without repair. The gold screw backs were professionally added later in life. Their threads are intact and the screw movement is smooth. The screw backs could be professionally removed and wires attached for pierced ears if desired. These backs appear to have been applied with lead solder and do contain 14k. marks.
The actual earrings have no gold content marks as can be common to the time period. Rich has acid tested and will guarantee a minimum of 14kt. gold. The applied mixed metal work would be green and yellow gold both used during this time period. To enable us to guarantee the form of all applied precious metals Rich would have to take a rubbing which could damage the delicate pieces. We do not want to do this as it's form and textures are all so perfectly intact. Our last photo is of a locket we currently have listed, Item 726, that I think goes extremely well with the earrings making a nice set.
The Aesthetic Movement or Period as it can be called is considered to have originated in England in the 1860's and ran till approx. 1900. It was seen in basically all forms of life - art, literature, furniture, etc. and in our example jewelry. It contained a prominent use of motifs from nature, IE: flowers, leaves, birds, insects, water scenes with lily pads and cat tails and even peacock feathers. Japanese design was an important influence to the period including it's mixed metal art form containing combinations of gold, silver and copper.
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