Edwardian Branch Coral Earrings & Beads
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Directory: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Strands: Jewels: Pre 1910: Item # 146793
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Here's a demi-parure that's sure to focus all eyes on you. These gorgeous antique earscrews and necklace didn't begin life together, but are a fabulous match - of the same vintage, in the same luscious medium-red color characteristic of "noble coral" from Italy and in the same exceptionally fine condition. Apart from age-appropriate surface wear to the necklace clasp and earring backs, I can't find any flaws on this set.
From a long-time dealer's personal collection, the earrings date circa 1910 and are most unusual - designed like flower baskets with wired bouquets of natural branch coral spilling out the tops. Among their beautiful details are gilded trellises upon which leaves climb the sides. Overall size is just shy of 1" x 1 1/2" and original screw-on backs are present.
Completing the demi-parure is a branch coral necklace that could be even older; it's of a style that grew popular in Victorian times. The pretty floral clasp of gilded brass was probably added later. No doubt the strand has been restrung several times through the past century. Its provenance is a Minnesota estate and it measures 18" long, incorporating coral branches of lengths varying to 1 1/2". None appear to be broken, as all the edges have a high polish.
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