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Superb Art Deco Silver Earrings w Topaz and Marcasite

Superb Art Deco Silver Earrings w Topaz and Marcasite

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Directory: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Deco: Pre 1930: Item # 1037494
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These very finely crafted antique earrings feature two large topaz stones -- each measuring about 1/2 x 3/8 inch and open-set within mountings about 1/2 x 5/8 inch. The gems are essentially emerald-cut, but with extra faceting for added brilliance. Around them are 1/8-inch frames with scalloped and beaded edges, set with especially wonderful marcasites (technically hematites) that sparkle like diamonds. There's an enormous amount of detail here, as you see, and the design is vividly 1920s Deco Geometric.

Although we acquired these in London, I don't believe they're English in origin. British earrings of this quality would bear the usual phalanx of sterling hallmarks, rather than a simple SILVER stamp. My guess is that they were made for the English-speaking market in one of those Deco Meccas, France or Belgium. Or they could be American. Silver content may be less than sterling grade, but not by far; the metal tarnishes and polishes like sterling and the overall quality is exceedingly high.

Something I particularly love about this pair is that they have original posts - still a rather new development in that era. Most of us now prefer posts for security's sake and yet installing them on older pieces damages an antique jewel's value. I also love the fact that these "scream" Deco, without being long dangles unsuitable for day wear. You can wear them to the office (or anywhere) with perfect elegance.

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