Icicles in Summer - Double Drop Earrings
Place your disbelief to the side…yes these earrings are set with white sapphires…sapphires not diamonds. Set into silver crimped collet mounts atop a 14k yellow gold honeycomb of open work, a faceted 4 mm diameter icy white sapphire tops an 8 mm faceted stone. For all appearances, these gems are similar in size to a 1.5 carat diamond topped with a .20 point surmount. Lever back ear wires of 14k yellow gold finish the earrings.
Measurements: 3/4 of an inch (1.9 cm) in length by 3/8 of an inch (1 cm) at the widest. This pair of antique earrings has a weight of 5.1 grams (3.3 dwt).
Hallmarks: Dog's head mark for Austro-Hungarian origin and another indistinct hallmark.
Date & Origin: Circa 1890 and is Austro-Hungarian in origin.
Note: All gemstone weights are approximate since the stones were not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.