Georgian Diamond Day Night Antique Earrings
Day and night earrings – a very practical and elegant idea that has long since disappeared. This glinting diamond pair has come down to us in remarkable condition - the original ear fitting and all (back to front closures). Dating to the late 18th century or first part of the 19th century these are so subtle and detailed that wearing and touching them is indescribable.
Each is made of a top mount of floral inspiration. Nine petite (9) rose cut diamonds are embedded in a cut down setting with very pronounced ribs that appear lace-like from a distance. The overall look is of a scallop shape. The bottom is a teardrop form of eighteen (18) rose cut diamonds in each. All the diamonds are early cuts, foiled and set in silver as was typical of the time period. One of the highlights of this pair is their size, not too long and not too diminutive.
Early diamonds have such a deep, glittering subtle appeal, entirely different than the highly polished often over faceted modern brilliant stones. These are so rich looking, yet have an understated appeal so that you can wear them anywhere and at any time. Rose gold on the reverse and ear wires.
Measurements: The top mount measures ½ without the ear wire (.7 cm)and over ¾ of an inch with (2 cm); the bottom drop (removable) measures 7/8 of an inch (2.2), the total with wires is 1 5/8 of an inch long (4.1 cm) and 5/8 of an inch wide (1.7 cm). This pair of antique earrings has a weight of 6.5 grams (10.1 dwt).
Date & Origin: Circa 1790-1810.
Overall Scale: Medium.