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Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a pair of 14kt. bloomed yellow gold Georgian era earrings circa 1820. The earrings feature 8 foiled and closed back light to medium blue, oval, faceted and bezel set aquamarine gemstones. The stones are set in a shield shaped mounting adorned with 2 dangles each, giving the piece a light and bouncy look. The frames feature cannetille work, florettes, balls, leaves, wire work and repousee work. The earrings drop 1-3/4" from the top of the crook. The frame is 1-1/2" x 15/16" (maximum dimensions). The earrings are for pierced ears and have shepherd's crook backs which are not original to the piece.
Cannetille work is made of fine gold wires or thinly hammered gold sheets shaped in to flowers, balls, leaves, shells, etc. Most pieces of jewelry with cannetille was popular in the 1820's and 1830's. Popular cannetille jewelry featured colored gemstones, including aquamarine, pink topaz, amethyst, garnets, rubies, turquoise and chrysoberyl. Most commonly, the stones were in closed back and foiled settings to give the stones a more uniform look.
Blooming, or bloomed gold was a finishing technique for jewelry from about 1800 until the turn of the 20th. century. A gold item was dipped into a chemical mixture to remove any alloys that were present on the surface of the gold. The surface presented after the dipping has a pure gold appearance and a matte finish.
The gold content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. Aquamarine is in the beryl family, along with emeralds. The stones in these earrings measure 2- 7.5mm X 4.75mm and 6- 5.4mm X 4.0mm. The total weight is 3.5 carats. The stones are in a closed and foiled back mounting, so are difficult to assess the actual carat weight. The aquamarine sizes were calculated using a standard jeweler's caliper. The stones were tested using a jeweler's stone tester. The stones were not removed from the piece to do physical testing or for weight.
Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: 1, Size: 1
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Gentile Georgian Cannetille Foiled Aquamarine Earrings c. 1820
$1,500 USD SOLD
Fine, affordable, and wearable antique and estate jewelry
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