Arts & Crafts Era Austro-Hungarian Sterling Gilt Faux Sapphire & Pearl Earrings
An incredible pair of Austro-Hungarian earrings from the Arts & Crafts era (ca1930)! Made of sterling gilt, these gorgeous earrings are comprised of ornate oval links which hang from a decorative surmount. Each oval is encrusted with rows of delicate natural seed pearls and bezel-set faux sapphires. Resting in the center is a prong-set pearl accented by two faux sapphires, which sits atop a swirled mourning surrounded by fine chain. The oval links hang from an elongated link that forms the surmount, decorated with a pearl and sapphire design. At the top of each earring is a bezel set pearl attached to a simple earring wire, though they could easily be converted to posts if desired. The faux sapphires have an authentic deep blue color and compliment the lustrous white pearls perfectly! A lovely etched floral design enhances the reverse side of each earring, characteristic of the Austro-Hungarian style of craftsmanship. A simply spectacular pair of Austro Hungarian earrings, they make a beautiful statement when worn and would be a wonderful addition to any collection!
Measurements: The earrings hang 2 3/4" long, are 3/4" wide and measure 1/2" thick at the thickest point.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling gilt setting or to any of the pearls or blue stones, all of which are intact. The earring wires are secure and in good condition.