Plique-à-jour is French, meaning, “letting in daylight”. It’s an enameling technique in which light is able to shine through the translucent final product. Plique-à-jour has been used since the Byzantine Empire dating back to the 6th century. In a pair of earrings like this, sunlight will shine through in the daytime, and moonlight will make them glow at night.
These antique diamond, pearl, and enamel gold earrings were handcrafted around 1860. They’re likely French and most certainly Continental. This set of earrings features an elegant oval motif with brilliant blue plique-à-jour enamel on a scrolling setting with two creamy white round pearls and three diamonds on each earring. One of the pearls sits at the top, surrounded in a delicate border of enamel while the other pearl sits at the bottom of the drop, making this pair of earrings shine. One of the diamonds sits at the center of the drop and is surrounded by a disk of blue enamel with two diamonds on either side, sparkling like the sun.
Each of the six diamonds are round, with each earring containing one Old European cut diamond (which is the center stone), one rose cut diamond, and one brilliant cut diamond (the rose cut and brilliant cut are one the sides of the center stone). The brilliant cuts are replacements for what once were rose cuts, we are happy to replace the brilliant cuts for rose cut diamonds upon request.
Each of the Old European cut diamonds measure 2.5 mm in diameter weighing .05 carats each. Both brilliant cuts measure 1.7 mm in diameter and weigh .02 carats each. The two rose cuts measure 1.7 mm in diameter. Each earring measures 53 x 20 mm and together they weigh 13.1 grams. There are no marks and they have been acid tested. This set of earrings should be worn as often as possible, treasured and cherished, because they’re gorgeous and look perfect on you.
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