Antique French Day Night Earrings
Glory and gold...the French craftsmanship and style are incomparable. Of 18k gold, these are day night earrings - thus the top can be worn by itself or joined with the drop. The back to front ear wires are original. It is little known fact that almost all earrings prior to about 1850 were back to front in configuration.
Fashioned of repoussé work, the earrings are hollow and feather light yet look anything but. Highly ornate and rococo surface detail of scrolls, leaves and flowers not only graces the front but the back as well. So when wearing your hair up or short, they are a beautiful from a view from every angle. Each is set with two small pastes of emerald color and two minute natural half seed pearls.
Condition: Excellent. All original and fine.
Hallmarks: French poinçons of the Paris eagle's head and another indiscernible mark on both earrings wires and on top "O" fittings of the drops.
Measurements: 2-3/16 inches (5.7 cm) in length and 3/4 of an inch (1.8 cm) for the tops alone. This pair of antique earrings has a weight of 3.8 grams.
Date & Origin: Circa 1840 and is French in origin.