Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a pair of silver topped 14kt. yellow gold earrings c. 1860. These wonderful drop style earrings are elegant. These pieces were made in the mid Victorian period and feature a tear drop shaped piece with round, old European cut diamonds, prong set. The base for the diamonds is silver topped yellow gold. The drop shapes are top mounted with an oval, bezel set and faceted, light to medium blue aquamarine which is also mounted in silver topped yellow gold. The earrings are for pierced ears and are 1-3/4" long. They have yellow gold French backs. The earrings may be a marriage.
Silver-topped gold was invented around 1770 during the Georgian period. The invention allowed silver to be backed by gold. Before this, diamonds were set in silver to allow the maximum “sparkle”. Since silver tarnishes, the jewelry frequently left tarnish on skin and clothing. With a backing of gold, which does not tarnish, the problem of staining was solved. Silver topped gold was used throughout the 18th and 19th. Century. As platinum technology became refined, it became the metal of choice for jewelry. Platinum was also used to top gold into the 20th. Century.
The gold content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. The silver topping can change the measured gold content.
Because of the possibility these earrings may be a marriage, we are saying the condition is good.