Victorian 14kt Gold & Gold Quartz Earrings
Gold-in-quartz was formed while the earth was still in its molten state. During the cooling and solidification process, veins of gold became trapped with the crystals of quartz in the mine. This created a very dramatic contrast between the white quartz and the yellow of the gold. Jewelry made from gold quartz became quite a fashion statement of the 1880's. During the Gold Rush era in the American West, most of the gold quartz was mined in California around the San Francisco area.
A wonderful pair of gold quartz earrings from the Victorian (ca1880) era! These beautiful earrings are made of 14kt yellow gold and feature a round gold quartz plaque in the center. The gold quartz has an ivory color with pale grey swirls and vibrant marbled gold flecks that stand out dramatically against the light background. Each gold quartz plaque is held within a raised scalloped prong setting and is surrounded by a beautiful gold border, complete with delicate engraving and textured detail. At the top of the earrings are simple yellow gold earring wires that clasp in the back. The yellow gold setting enhances the gold flecks in the stones, bringing them to life. These lovely earrings have a simple yet attractive look that would be perfect for everyday wear. They would make a gorgeous addition to any collection!
Measurements: The earrings hang 7/8" long, are 1/4" thick and have a diameter of 5/8".
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or to the gold quartz stones, which are intact. The clasped earring wires are secure and in good working condition.