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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