Girandole Antique Diamond Drop Earrings
Mendelssohn was composing “A Midsummer Might’s Dream” and the classic Alexandre Dumas’ book, “Le Comte de Monte Cristo” at around the time that that these earrings were conceived. We can see the romantic overtones in these earrings - marvelous for their open backed setting, this reveals the true allure of the old mine cut diamonds.
Seventeen (17) diamonds in each earring, they are old mine cuts that range in size from approximately one quarter of a carat, down to .03 of a carat. Estimated by measurement, the total weight of each earring is over one and one quarter carats (1.25 carats).
A girandole form, but modified, there are three articulated drops. Two side drops of three (3) diamonds in each, and the center dazzling line of diamonds. Above this are two joined leaf forms and then a large old mine cut diamond to top it off.
A girandole was the quintessential 18th century three drop form that became the inspiration even to this day for numerous pendants and earrings. All diamonds are set within silver to highlight their shimmer, and the backs are topped with gold so that the skin and clothing is protected. Punctuated by movement and dazzle, these earrings will convince you of the choice of old mine cut diamonds over modern cuts for sheer personality and brilliance.
Measurements: They are 1 1/8 inches long just from the top of the top diamond to the lowest point, and with the ear wire, about 1 3/8 inches long and just about 1/2 inch wide.
Condition: Excellent with later and modern 15k ear wires with hinged safety fitting for security.
Date: Circa 1840-1850 and possibly English in origin.
Note: All diamond weights and gradings are estimated given the stones were not removed from their settings to maintain the integrity of the antique mounts.
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