Fine Czech Enamel & Sapphire Crystal Earrings c1920
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Directory: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Rhinestone: Pre 1920: Item # 478004
GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
Sold; thank you! $145.
What a romantic pair of antique dangle earrings these are - and perfect to complement the blue fashions so stylish today! They can't reasonably be later than 1920, since so much Edwardian and Art Nouveau influence is present in the intricate filigree metalwork, which is lovely even on the backs. Notice the scrolling shapes and beaded details, as well as the curvy flower petal motif enameled in sapphire blue to match the heavenly emerald-cut stones, which anticipate Art Deco geometry.
Enameled leaves of this type are characteristically Czech, as is the "Czech blue" color of the crystal stones - so, despite the absence of marks, we can be virtually certain of their origin (technically Bohemia, if made before Czech independence in 1918).
Overall condition is wonderful, with a beautiful patina on the gilt brass and only minor signs of wear evident under high magnification. Provenance is a Philadelphia area estate. These reached us with modern post findings, which we've been able to replace with suitable antique kidney wires (unworn, from old store stock). The drops will fall about 2 inches below your ears.
Thanks for looking!