Antique Stuart Crystal Earrings 17th Century
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All Items: Archives:Estate Jewelry:Silver:Pre Victorian: Pre 1700: item # 1126210
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Third Floor Antiques
P.O. Box 223 H
Scarsdale New York 10583
Stuart Crystal jewelry is rare and coveted by collectors. This form of jewelry began in England following the execution of Charles 1 in 1649. His loyal Stuart followers wore momentos in silent support, with foiled rock crystal bearing his initials, lock of hair, or miniature portrait. The tradition followed into the 18th century where the people continued to wear this form, but adapted the design for their personal use.
This example has square crystals, faceted step cut and beveled, with deep pink foil set below a gold cypher. The cypher, gold wire forming initials, appears as a unique design.
The earrings started life as cuff buttons and have been converted to earrings with the addition of gold shepherd hook wires. The crystals, set in sterling, are bright and measure 1/2 inch across and down. The entire earring from the top of the wire measures 3/4 of an inch in length. The pink foil is present in both earrings, with deterioration more apparent in one.
They crystals are bright and in excellent condition. How wonderful to own a piece of jewelry with historic significance that is also uniquely beautiful when worn.