Victorian Sterling/14kt Garnet + Diamond Dangling Earrings
A rare and highly unusual pair of earrings from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Crafted in 14kt gold and topped in sterling silver, each earring displays rich garnets and sparkling diamonds to form an incredible and elaborate hanging design. Three garnet spears dangle freely from the base, hanging below a garnet cabochon at the top. Each garnet displays a wonderful deep purplish red color and reflective surface. The delicate Cushion and Mine Cut diamonds are bezel set, adding a soft sparkle that perfectly compliments the rich garnet stones! Riveted into the base of each garnet spear is a pointed silver post, used to protect the tips of the polished stones. Finishing the design are simple gold earring wires at the top. When worn, the earrings dangle dramatically below the ear, framing the face with lovely movement. Perfect for the serious antique jewelry lover, they would make an outstanding addition to any Victorian collection!
Measurements: The earrings hang approximately 2 1/8" long, including the wires at the top. The round garnet cabochon at the center measures 3/8" in diameter (including its bezel setting). The center garnet spears measure 7/8" long and 1/4" thick. The shorter spears at either side measures 3/4" in length.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold and silver setting. The garnets remain extremely well-preserved, and are free of any significant chips or scratches. All of the accent diamonds remain intact and securely set. The earring wires at the top are securely attached. There is a natural patina on the surface of the setting, which is a normal characteristic of antique jewelry.