The Smile of Mme. Pompadour in a Victorian Earring
Jeanne Antoinette Poisson aka Madame de Pompadour aka Marquise de Pompadour was introduced at the court of Louis XV and soon became his official mistress. Beautiful and intelligent, Louis was so enamored with her that he commissioned a diamond to be created especially for her. Rumor had it that the gem with its elongated shape and pointed ends echoed her lips when pursed in a smile. Henceforth the navette cut configuration was known as the “marquise”.
Lighting up to rival the smile of such a magnificent and powerful woman is this pair of late 19th century pendant earrings of luscious 18k rose gold. Luxurious in length yet light in weight, the earrings feature a faceted hollow surmount which suspends a faceted hollow navette pendant drop with a golden ladder-like surround of a matching shape. The articulated interior drop, able to swing freely within the “confines” of the frame ignites the light with the unsurpassed passion which Louis had for his paramour.
Measurements: 1-3/4 inches (4.3 cm) in length including ear wire and 1-1/2 inches (3.8 cm) without by 9/16 of an inch (1.4 cm) in width. Weight of 5.8 grams (3.7 dwt) for the pair.
Condition: Excellent with 14k gold modern ear wires.
Date: Circa 1870.
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