Antique Victorian Earrings Diamonds 18k Gold on Silver French Ear Pendants (6543)


Antique Victorian Napoleon III earrings long ear pendants. Diamonds, 18k yellow gold and silver. Made in France, circa 1880. <P><P>
Measurements: 2 1/2 inches (6.5cm) long. Weigh 14.8 grams.  5.38ct Old European cut diamonds. <P><P>

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Description : Possibly the best pair of antique diamond earrings you will see on the internet or anywhere else. These stunning earrings are a tour de force of diamonds and workmanship. Like most Victorian jewelry, diamonds were set in silver over a layer of gold. This was to show off the diamonds to best effect while protecting the wearer from the tarnish of silver.  They consist of surmounts of about a carat each held in long silver prongs.
A narrow gold and silver bar descends to a central section consisting of a ring of graduated diamonds with a diamond fleur de lis on top and larger Old Mine Cut diamonds attached to both top and bottom of the ring. 4 more bars of gold and silver, lined with diamonds form a fringe underneath the ring.   <P><P>
Clasps are posts with Omega clips that I believe could be replacements. This makes the earrings both comfortable to wear and more secure than a simple wire. <P><P>
Diamonds are lovely. It is rare to find old diamonds of this quality. The Ole European cut with it's cushiony shape is particularly attractive. <P><P>
Marks: DEPOSE is partially visible on the clasps. French owl mark for 18k gold of unknown maker. We acid tested the gold to ensure metal purity. <P><P>
Condition: Good with negligible wear commensurate with age.  Please see enlarged pictures and don't hesitate to ask questions which we will do our best to answer.   <P><P> Independent appraiser appraised these earrings for $32845.00   <P><P>
Paris, after hundreds of years, is still considered the most elegant of cities with the most luxurious and beautiful antiques and jewelry. These earrings are a stand-out, even for Paris.  I found them there, in the little world of one of my most trusted sources for beautiful jewels.  In a world with decreasing availability of fine antique jewelry, this is indeed a very rare find.

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