Georgian Large Sterling Silver & Chrysoberyl Earrings
Chrysoberyl is a "little secret" gemstone. One of the most brilliant gems, it has a high degree of fire and almost rivals that of diamonds. Anxious to access the wealth of the new world, voyages by the Portuguese and Spanish hastened the discovery of these gemstones. Often mistakenly referred to as chrysolite, they are quite rare. Collectors have held on to these obscure colored stones, which range from pale yellow to puce soft green. Its use in jewelry has all but disappeared today and remains very rare.
Exquisite chrysoberyl earrings from the late Georgian (ca1850) period. These unusual and incredible earrings are a great representation of how beautiful chrysoberyl stones can be. Each of these extremely long earrings is made of sterling silver and is encrusted with 51 large sparkling chrysoberyl stones. The earrings have 3 moveable links that connect at the bow-like center. Each stone is bezel set and has a rich pale yellow green color. They are faceted and all have a closed back. Surrounding the entire earring is a rose gold tone bead-like border which compliments the sterling and chrysoberyl wonderfully. The earrings have the original sterling screwbacks which could be converted to wires or posts if desired. They are simply marvelous earrings and would be perfect for a special occasion and are a must-have for a collector!
Measurements: Each earring hangs approximately 3" long at the longest point, 3/4" at the widest point and has a depth of a little more than 1/8".
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. There is no apparent damage to the silver and all of the stones are intact. The earring screwbacks are secure and in good working condition.