Late Victorian Dramatic Red Vauxhall Glass Earrings
Vauxhall glass (also known as "mirror glass") refers to a specific style of colored glass production originating in the Georgian era. The colorful molded glass was backed in silver to create a reflective "mirror" below the surface, which creates a unique light-catching quality. The colors often included deep, rich shades of red, purple, white, and black (sometimes mistaken for jet), and were generally mounted in brass. Antique Vauxhall glass jewelry remains popular with collectors in the modern day!
Exquisite Vauxhall glass earrings from the late Victorian (ca1900s) period. These unusual and fantastic earrings are a great representation of how beautiful Vauxhall glass can be. With an appearance that could easily be mistaken for garnets, each is crafted in gilded brass and hangs from modern 14kt gold wires. Dangling below the ovular surmount is a large, 3-dimensional link which has an open triangular shape. The triangle is framed by round, faceted Vauxhall glass stones which encompass a large red "stone" in the center. Teardrop and floral clusters rest atop the border, set in a raised fashion, and three multi-"stone" links dangle freely from the bottom. All of the glass stones are set in a closed back gilded setting, however, the deep fiery red color is still very visible. These Vauxhall glass earrings are simply exceptional, and would make a wonderful addition to any collection!
Measurements: Each earring hangs approximately 2 1/4" long, measures approximately 1" at their widest point and are 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to any of the glass stones, gilded brass setting or to the 14kt gold earring wires.