Evocative Antique Diamond Earrings
Spanish in overall form, this pair of antique earrings has a modified girandole design which has remained in fashion for some time. Initially designed during the mid to later 18th century, the tradition was continued well into the 19th century. Some were also produced in France and England (and there is a similar pair in emeralds and diamonds housed in the Musee de Arts Decoratif in Paris attributed to French origin).
Following along with the typical characteristics of the 1700s, these pendant earrings are made in the earlier 19th century. Encrusted entirely with diamonds, each rose cut has been foiled and set closed back into a silver setting with each stone in an individual rub over crimped collet mount. The gems are white and brilliant and have remained bright and fine over the decades. The yellow gold back-to-front ear wires appear original.
Forty-nine (49) diamonds are set into each earrings - all rose cuts with an approximate weight of 2 carats, so 4 carats in total.
Measurements: 2-1/2 inches (6.4 cm) in length by 3/4 of an inch (2.0 cm) at the widest by 1/8 of an inch (0.3 cm) in depth. This pair of antique earrings has a weight of 30.3 grams (19.5 dwt).
Hallmarks: perhaps English with maker's mark “BA” on ear wires.
Date & Origin: Circa mid to earlier 19th century and may be English in origin.
Overall Scale: Large and substantial in weight