Victorian Grand Period Pavé Turquoise Earrings
Placing turquoise into jewelry became fashionable during the Victorian era. It was a stone well suited to a cabochon cut and consequently was perfect for the pavé setting.
Applied wire work was pivotal to a good deal of the jewelry of the Victorian Grand Period. Taking inspiration from classical antiquity, jewelers of the era added intricate detail, granulation and corded wire work to create rich textural surfaces. This pair of period earrings exemplifies the use of natural Persian turquoise juxtaposed with warm antique 14k yellow gold.
A two element pendant earring employs a round dome shaped circle embellished with a trio of link chain and a flat back as surmount from which is suspended an oval triple tiered plaque of 14k yellow gold. Adorned with twisted wire work and gold beads, cabochons of turquoise have been pavé set within a stepped up central oval shaped boss to create a dome.
Measurements: 1-11/16 inches (4.3 cm) in length by 13/16 of an inch (2.1 cm) at the widest. Weight of 5.9 grams (3.8 dwt) for the pair.
Condition: Excellent; later ear wires added; slight dimpling to back of the half circle of ear wire.
Date: Circa 1870.