High karat gold and foiled old cut diamonds will cause an immediate stir when these Georgian, Iberian earrings are worn. The color combination is gleaming while soft. This is a variation of a form that was used frequently in the late 18th century in Spain and Portugal. It is graceful and feminine with a round surmount centered with a diamond. A gold bow is suspended below and is encrusted with more diamonds. Below the bow hangs an oval drop, jeweled with an oval diamond. There is movement in each section of the earrings. The settings known as rubbed over settings are found in Georgian gem jewelry. Pierced gold and punched out repousse work bring the skill of the 18th century goldsmith and give the earrings elegance and texture. Added is just a touch of a frill on top and at the bottom of the earring. They are extremely comfortable on the ear as the backs at top have been changed accommodate shepherds hooks. Length is 1 3/4 in. The width is a touch over 3/4's of an inch. Condition is fine. For examples of Iberian earrings see Daniele Mascetti and Amanda Triossi, "Earrings", page 54.
Pear shaped and round stones of blue topaz glimmer and sway in a pair of feminine chandelier earrings to be worn day in and day out with denim or silk. Gold set in 14kt, these earrings, found in Santa Fe, New Mexico were made in the U.S. c. 1970. They are light on the ear, sparkling and a cheerful, reliable treat ! Excellent Condition
These Georgian foiled garnet earrings will be a love token from the person who gives them their lady love or great friend. They bring the message "thinking of you" inherent in the language of flowers. The little flower with a powerful message is the Forget-Me Not. The form can be found in Georgian and Victorian jewelry, the eras when flowers spoke volumes in their code which was widely understood. These beauties are 18kt gold. They are original other than the shepherd hook ear wires which were changed during their long travel through time. The garnets are lively and glow with the color of red wine in the light. Condition is excellent.
Superb quality earrings designed with the flourish of garlands, have been made of foiled pastes in the manner and fine execution of Georgian and Victorian earrings. From the tiny pastes to the large teardrops, all stones were cut and polished then set like gemstones. No time was spared in the design of the silver which is rounded, pillow like and smooth. The brilliant pastes are the rare pink color that flatters all women. Paste this fine was an art form in earlier eras. The jeweler who made this pair of chandelier ear drops, knew jewelry history and had the desire to create and did create the same quality of hand work and stone setting
that challenged jewelers at the beginning of the 19th century. Superb hand work was in line with the turn of the century. Think of the Art Nouveau movement which ran concurrently to the Edwardian esthetic. It was a movement that valued the hand's on art of the individual over machine made jewelry. Superb Condition.
Voluptuous chandelier earrings c.1830 were high style in the Georgian era in England. They were light in weight and intricate in design. The elongated teardrop is known as a torpedo earring. Three stems, each minutely engraved with crosshatching, (enlarge the photo to see detail), converge and meet a floral ending with appliquéd flowers on each side. The tops are original. The ear wires, now comfortable, long shepherds hooks, were likely changed as they passed through time. Their length serves to prevent loss of the earring. The condition is gleaming and excellent.
Rivers and crescents twinkle with antique foiled diamonds in the cascades of these graceful chandelier earrings from 1800 or earlier. The form and design are prominent with well matched early cut diamonds used as an accent. The charm is that this pair of romantic chandelier earrings is wearable for informal attire or for holiday festivities. Four articulated sections make for feminine appeal as the earrings sway. They are getting older but better by the year. Excellent condition.
With the look of Berlin Iron, the combination of gunmetal and gold in these ear hoops was an exceptional find for us. Not only is it rarely seen, but the contrasting colors work extremely well together. Hammered gold leaves clutch pristine hoops of ridged slate colored gunmetal. The gold interior hoops have a gunmetal orbs that move freely. Perfect condition. English Origin
Very French, romantic and aristocratic, these earrings won my heart. The form has French fanfare with curves and swirls in all directions. The soft color of the pear shaped Persian turquoise plays perfectly against the black enamel background. Small diamonds enhance the textured settings of the blue stones. Negative space and solid engraved gold bring pleasure to the eye and lightness to the weight on the ear. These are day/night earrings. At the time when there was proscribed jewelry that was considered correct for daytime, only the tops would be worn. Then came the evening and romance is added by slipping the chandelier section to the tops. The ear wires are the original back to front 19th century fittings that can be changed to shepherds hooks. Today, the earrings can slip gracefully from day activities to evening entertainment.
Included in the price is a pendant/brooch that would have been worn tightly around the neck on a velvet ribbon. There is an attachment on the back for a chain.
Please inquire about the bracelet that is available at an additional price.
There is so much labor devoted to these delicate early 19th century earrings that they bring wonder to our eyes. How fine and light the hand of the jeweler was.! The tools of the period had to have been miniature to accomplish engraving on such small on the wafer-like surfaces. Napoleonic earrings are extremely rare. They are sublime and comfortable on the ear affording easy movement with the slightest turn or breeze. The work applied is admirable. The top and center shield shapes are cross hatched with dotted pin heads as are the bells suspended from the chain ends and the bottom triangle. Small gold dots and triangles frame the earrings as well. The tiny cannetille spirals add ballerina grace. Made completely by hand including the chains which have hand made link these earrings are no small wonder. The original Georgian ear wires are in place and can be changed to shepherds hooks if wished. L. 2 3/4 in. W. at widest point is 15/16ths of an inch. Two hundred plus years old and in perfect condition. We are proud to offer them
Beat the drums for this pair of grand Victorian pique earrings. Pique was made in England and in France. This pair is an admirable example of the art form popular in 1870 and 1880. In this period all the work was done by hand with the gold added bit by tiny bit. Tortoise shell, often from the Hawksbill Tortoise, was first melted and made in to the form that the jeweler desired. The jeweler then incised the tortoise shell with pattern using the finest of a jewelers' tool. The patterns were filled with precious metals as you see here with gold. This was delicate work and the results are noteworthy when done well. In later years the metal added were machine made strips. The workmanship deteriorated. The earrings are completely original and maintain their original tops. The center oval drop moves with each step. The condition is perfect.
Forget-me-nots are at the center of this pair of delicate earrings. The shape is the form of a flower with petals of cut steel. Flowers replaced words in sentimental jewelry of the 19th century and were a language of their own. Blue forget-me-nots and daisies represented thoughts of love and remembrance. When a gent gifted his love with an image of a forget-me-not, he was telling her that he was thinking of her or that he wished she think of him. The have had their wires replaced from steel to gold. The blue flowers are enamel. Condition is very good. The trace of discoloration visible in the magnified image, has been well cleaned. Approx 1 1/2 in in length 1/2 in in width
Cut Steel Jewelry combined with jet, onyx, Wedgewood, enamel or mother-of-pearl rarely comes along. These very early ear drops are girandole form, that is they have three hanging parts. The steel bits are hand cut, faceted and polished but the bits are a tour d'force of varied shapes. Central is a glistening mother of pearl oval on which is a forget-me-not has been set. This small flower broadcasts the message known in the language of flowers, "think of me". All silver setting. Original back to front ear wires are in place. They can be changed to shepherds hooks if the buyer so declares. Fine condition of which you and we can be proud. The tarnished spots on the drops cannot be seen with the eye or with a loup. It is a photographic phenomenon. Same is true of the tan color on the mother of pearl. There is no rust. Length 1 3/4 in.
Rams' horns or stylized Greek keys suspend banded agate drops that are perfect in every way, from the shape and matching of the agates to the glowing high karat gold in flowing lines above. The earrings have breathtaking elegance. They are reminiscent of early Etruscan jewelry. From ear wire to tip the length is 2 1/8 inches. The top gold is 1/2 inch wide at its widest. Museum condition
The Victorians used flowers as symbols for words and feelings. Daisies meant gentleness and innocence. This pair of French Jet earrings have black faceted petals with the floral seed section faceted as well. French Jet, similar to Vauxhall Glass, was a material used in jewelry during Queen Victoria's period of mourning for Prince Albert. That was 140 years ago. Today we think of these earrings as cheerful, lovely and feminine, light on the ear. Excellent condition
Forget-me-nots are at the center of this pair of delicate earrings in the form of a flower with petals of cut steel. Flowers replaced words in sentimental jewelry of the 19th century and were a language of their own. Blue forget-me-nots and daisies represented thoughts of love and remembrance. When a gent gifted his love with an image of a forget-me-not, he was telling her that he was thinking of her. These lovely earrings carry the same loving message. They have had their wires replaced from steel to gold. The blue flowers are enamel. Condition is very good. The trace of discoloration visible in the magnified image, has been cleaned., Approx 1 1/2 in in length 1/2 in in width