Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a 10kt. rosy yellow gold three stone earrings circa 1865. The stones in these earrings are special. They are iron pyrite or hematite. These stones, which are quite large in size, have a black, oily look and are perfect for day or evening wear. The hematite are prong set, round and faceted in graduated sizes, 9.5mm, 8.5mm and 7.5mm. The earrings drop 1-3/4" long from the top of the shepherd's crook back. They are for pierced ears and are in excellent original condition. The earrings weigh 8.4 grams.
Hematite is the mineral form of iron oxide and has a striking metallic luster, similar to polished metal. The word hematite comes from the Greek word "haima" meaning blood, referring to the mineral's red color when in powdered form. A hematite stone will leave a red streak when scratched along a piece of unglazed porcelain. Hematite was used in seals as early as 2500 B.C. The ancient Egyptians placed hematite in tombs, as they believed it would help with the transition to the afterlife. Roman warriors associated hematite with Mars, the Roman God of War. The soldiers used hematite for protection in battles, believing it would make them invincible. Native Americans used the powdered form of hematite to create red face paint while American colonists relied on hematite to create weapons for the Revolutionary War. Many believe hematite can help with inner peace, aiding in clarity, balance, calm and reason. The gemstone is also thought to enhance memory and intellect as well as dissolve negativity. (reference Ross-Simons website).
The gold content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. The stones were measured using a standard jeweler's caliper and were not removed from the mounting to measure size or weight.
Unique Victorian Hematite Three Stone Earrings c. 1865