A impressive and fairly large size pair of stunning 9ct gold antique Victorian rhodolite garnet and pearl earrings in the Etruscan revival style.
Circa 1860, these drop earrings are dome shaped and carpeted in filigree and granulated milgrain beading in a very pretty and intricate pattern. The drops are hollow with raised post centres that are claw set with beautiful rose pink rhodolite garnets in a flower motif and adorable little bullet nose pearls. Shepard's hook ear wires complete these gorgeous antique earrings. This round dome Etruscan design of jewellery is known as a "target" style and it was very fashionable during the mid Victorian era.
The earrings were converted into clip backs at some point in their long lives. We have had our jeweller remove the clips and add gold bales and shepherds hooks which are more in keeping with the original style. The back plates that were attached to the clips have been left in place because they are soldered on.
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 gemstones. These earrings are a perfect example of this Victorian jewellery trend that harked back to ancient times.
MATERIALS: 9ct gold
GEMSTONE: 8 rose cut pink 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 on the earring drops (it is possible they are hallmarked behind the plates on the back), the ear wires are stamped '375' for 9ct gold
CONDITION: the earrings are in beautiful antique condition, the stones damage free and securely set. There is some discolouration and tarnish around the clip plates on the back where they have been soldered on, and a couple of small dents which is fairly typical in hollow earrings, please see the photos. The earring backs are highly reflective so we apologise for any dark reflections on the gold.
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