These dazzling antique drop earrings feature openwork spheres of gold and silver filigree, plus bezel-set clear stones that sparkle with the brilliance of old pastes. In each earring, two glorious globes revolve around a central cylinder, adding even more motion to their graceful swing and sway. The metals appear to be gilt brass and unmarked silver, length is approximately 1 1/4" and condition is magnificent.
Based on their screw-type backs, each also set with a faceted stone, I'm dating them to the very early 20th century Edwardian era. However, they may well be older; the design is quite Victorian, showing mid-19th century Rococo Revival influence and a granulated surface typical of Etruscan Revival jewels. It would have been easy enough to replace original shepherd's crook wires with screw backs at a later date. Regardless of their precise age, this is a truly gorgeous, ultra-feminine pair of earrings that you can wear beautifully with either silver or gold jewelry, due to their mix of metals. For their size, they're surprisingly lightweight and comfortable. Provenance is the estate of an extremely elderly lady who occupied the "great house" of her Deep South community.
As you know if you follow fashion news, dangle earrings with an antique look are all the rage now. Why not wear (or give) the Real Thing, especially when it's less expensive and sure to rise in value? I saw several made-yesterday reproductions in a retailer's catalog that cost up to $250.
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