Antique early Victorian amethyst and gold earrings from about 1850


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The pear or teardrop is surely the ultimate shape in earrings. It flatters most faces and is more interesting than a round or oval drop – more dynamic.

I believe these amethyst and high-carat beauties to be early Victorian, from about 1850. I previously thought they might have been as late as 1880 but the cannetille tops and the setting for the stones is making me think early rather than late Victorian.

This would mean they’ve survived together, intact and unscathed, for nearly 170 years. It’s so difficult to find good antique earrings that have managed this feat – it’s what makes them so scarce and sought-after.

These photos were taken in direct sunlight, in indirect sunlight and inside my shop.


• Handmade in 15-carat yellow gold
• Approximately 3cm long (not including ear hooks), 1.3cm at widest point
• Weight is 5.9 grams
• In very good antique condition: there are small scratches to the top of the amethysts only visible with a 10x loupe
• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box

I’d be very happy to send more information and images. Layaway available.

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