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Elegance from the Past: Grand Victorian Diamond Earrings

Hailing from the Grand Victorian Period, circa 1870, these long hanging earrings are a vivid reflection of the era's opulence. Crafted with silver and backed in 14K red gold, each earring features 30 rose cut diamonds, their glittering presence embodying the lavish style of the period. This period, marked by an influx of cross-cultural influences and a penchant for ornamental excess, is perfectly encapsulated in these earrings. While their hooks have been thoughtfully redone, maintaining their integrity, the earrings remain in very good condition, symbolising the rich history and elaborate artistry of the Victorian age.

Antique jewelry object group
earrings long hanging

Condition
very good condition
more info on our condition scale

Country of origin
unknown

Style
Victorian - Victorian decorative arts refers to the style of decorative arts during the Victorian era. The Victorian era is known for its eclectic revival and interpretation of historic styles and the introduction of cross-cultural influences from the middle east and Asia in furniture, fittings, and Interior decoration. Victorian design is widely viewed as having indulged in a regrettable excess of ornament. The Arts and Crafts movement, the aesthetic movement, Anglo-Japanese style, and Art Nouveau style have their beginnings in the late Victorian era.
See also: Victorian
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Style specifics
The Grand Victorian Period - Experts divide the reign of Queen Victoria, also called The Victorian era (1837 - 1901) into three periods of about twenty years each; The Romantic Victorian Period (1837 - 1860), The Grand Victorian Period (1860 - 1880), and the Late or Aesthetic Victorian Period (1880 - 1901).

We consider this to be of the Grand Victorian Period.

This second Victorian period is famous for its ostentatious pieces set with pearls and diamonds (from South Africa). From ca. 1850 wealthy English had reported about jewelry from India and Japan, which heavily inspired the jewelers of this period. This period also corresponds with the death of Queen Victoria's husband King Albert making mourning jewelry (set with heavy dark stones) the type of jewelry specific for this period.

Period
ca. 1870
Events & facts of this era, poetry of this era, fashion of this era.

Material
Silver on top and backed with 14K red gold (see explanation on silver on gold). (touchstone tested)
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Extra information
It appears that the back of the setting of the rose cut diamonds have been opened and the hooks seems to be redone somewhere in the approximate 150 years of the existence of these earrings.

Diamonds
30 rose cut diamonds . We do not have the weight of the diamonds which is normal in our trade when it comes to rose cuts.
All diamonds we offer are screened by the I.J.G.C. for whether they are natural or synthetic, and all diamonds in this jewel are 100% guaranteed to be natural.

Birthstones
Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April.
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Hallmarks
No trace.
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Dimensions
height 4,33 cm (1,70 inch)
see picture with a ruler in millimeters and inches

Weight
8,70 gram (5,59 dwt)

Adin Reference Nº
23031-0059

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