Beautiful pair of antique Victorian Etruscan revival 9ct gold, rhodolite garnet and pearl earrings.
Etruscan jewellery is characterized by the use of bright yellow gold in intricate designs with fine wire filigree and granulation (fine gold beads) and set with semi-precious gemstones. This earrings are a perfect example of this Victorian jewellery trend that harked back to ancient times.
Circa 1860, these round earrings are dome shaped and carpeted in filigree and granulated milgrain beading in a very pretty and intricate pattern. The centres are raised on posts and claw set with beautiful rose pink rhodolite garnets in a floral motif with adorable little bullet nose pearls. Fish hook ear wires that lock into place complete these gorgeous antique earrings. This style of round dome "target" jewellery was very fashionable during the mid Victorian era.
The earrings were converted into clip backs at some point in their long lives, likely in the 40s or 50's when ear piercing was considered uncouth by many but the clip on variety of earrings were socially acceptable. We have had our jeweller remove the clips and replace them with 9ct gold ear wires which are more in keeping with the originals. The actual plates that held the clips have been left in place because they are soldered on so can't be removed without damaging the earrings. We have priced the earrings with these conversions in mind.
MATERIALS: 9ct gold earrings and wires, acid tested (the clip plates on the backs are not gold)
GEMSTONE: 8 rose cut garnets 3mm diameter, 2 seed pearls 2mm
MEASUREMENTS: the earrings measure 1-1/2" (3.2cm) from top to bottom. The round drops measure 3/4" (2cm) in diameter and 1/2" (1.4cm) high
DATE: Victorian circa, 1860
WEIGHT: 6 grams total
HALLMARKS: none visible (it is possible they are hallmarked behind the plates on the back)
CONDITION: Apart from having the clip conversion these earrings are in very, very good antique condition with the stones damage free and secure, please see photos.
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