Taste the Wine: Antique Day Night Amethyst Earrings
The decades of the 1860s and 1870s found the popularity of earrings on the upswing. Novelty was the name of the game and nature was in the air. The earrings of this period were meant to be amusing and have a tad touch of whimsy. These jewels for the ears were meant as an accessory for the season and typically were fashioned as such. This pair of Victorian earrings stands in stark contrast to that dictum.
Painstakingly designed and crafted with a substantial use of 14k – 15k yellow gold, these day night earrings employ a grape cluster and grape leaf motif. The grape form was often worn a symbol of the celebration of life in a Dionysian sense. Perfect for the sotto voce of Victorian culture and sensuality.
The top surmount, which can be worn solo is a flowerhead of four (4) faceted round natural amethyst surrounding a flower-like gold center. Suspended from the top is a fitting of a grapevine and connected to a three-dimensional grape leaf form with the engraved element featuring the same design back and front. A grape cluster of eight (8) natural amethyst set in collets with serrated edges finishes the pedant day night earrings. Original back to front ear wires make for a perfectly secure fit.
Date: Circa 1860.
Measurements: 1-3/4 inches (4.4 cm) in length including ear wire and 1-1/2 inches (3.8 cm) without by 9/16 of an inch (1.4 cm) at the widest. Weight of 5.3 grams (3.4 dwt) for the pair.
Condition: Excellent; one amethyst replaced, 3 amethyst with tiny chips visible only with a loupe.
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