Bejeweled India: Ruby & Tiger Claw Earrings
There is no doubt that this pair of earrings conjures up exotic images of the days of fantastic luxury and wealth of an Indian Maharaja. These princely earrings incorporate precious gems and gold worthy of any royal court.
A pair of claws, most likely those of a Bengal tiger, are outlined with a perimeter of 18k yellow gold and set in opposing positions within an envelope of engraved gold appointed with twisted gold rope and bands of elephant hair. Encased in gold, a round synthetic faceted ruby the color of hot pink dangles between the curves of the claws. A thick and impressive ring of gold sits atop the golden envelope in the role of surmount. An appliqué of gold adorns the ring. Simple ear wires of 9k yellow gold provide the finishing touch.
Measurements: 1-5/16 inches (3.3 cm) in length by 1-1/16 inches (2.7 cm) in width. This pair of earrings has a weight of 5.1 grams (3.3 dwt).
Date & Origin: Circa 1910 – 1920 and is Indian Raj in origin.