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.
Absolutely exquisite chrysoberyl earrings from the late Georgian (ca1830s) period. These unusual and incredible earrings are a great representation of how beautiful chrysoberyl stones can be. Each earring, which is particularly substantial in length, is crafted in sterling silver and encrusted with 51 large sparkling chrysoberyl stones. The earrings have 3 moveable elongated links that connect at the bow-like center and each old cut stone is bezel set. The chrysoberyl displays a vibrant pale yellow green color and the stones are beautifully faceted within their closed back setting. Surrounding the entire earring is a rose gold beaded border which compliments the sterling and chrysoberyl wonderfully. The earrings have the original sterling screwbacks which could easily 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, and measures 3/4" at the widest point and a little more than 1/8" 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 setting and all of the stones are intact. The earring screwbacks are secure and in good working condition.