Antique Turquoise & Seed Pearl Earrings
At least two of the archetypal forms designed during the Georgian period have lasted well beyond that time frame – the central bow and teardrop configuration and the floral cluster. This pair of circa 1840 earrings incorporates half cabochons of natural Persian turquoise and half tiny natural seed pearls (untested but assumed natural due to examination and age) set closed back into rose gold over silver.
The flat rose gold back (versus the earlier more sculptured bulbous reverse) is typical of later Georgian work and the three element anatomy employed is a combination of the central ribbon bow motif, flower cluster surmount and pear-shaped pendant drop. The drop, although not literally articulated with the swing center does present the illusion.
Measurements: 1-3/4 inches (4.5 cm) in length including ear wires and 1-7/16 inches (3.7 cm) without by 9/16 of an inch (1.4 cm) at the widest. Weight of 4.6 grams (3.0 dwt) for the pair.
Condition: Excellent; reinforcements to the attachment points of modern 14k yellow gold ear wires; varying natural coloration to turquoise as expected with hues ranging from green to turquoise blue.
Date & Origin: Circa 1840 and is possibly English in origin.
Note: We are happy to have the pearls laboratory certified if so desired. We guarantee the pearls as natural; if found to be otherwise during either the certification or the sale process, there will be a full refund.
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