SOLD: Early Victorian carnelian and gold earrings, circa 1850


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Orange – barley-sugar orange – is served up by this striking pair of early Victorian carnelian earrings. It’s such an unusual and appealing colour. 

Two pairs of similar chalcedony earrings I’ve had in the past year sold before I could list them. Carnelian – or cornelian, as I called it in my days in the antique markets of London – is itself a form of chalcedony. 

Its defining characteristic is its translucence – a result of its crystalline structure – that makes it ideally suited for large earrings. 

These were once night-and-day earrings but the original back fasteners have been changed to simple front hooks. 

Something lost, something gained. The price reflects this difference. 


• Handmade in nine-carat yellow gold

• Set with four polished carnelian stones

• Approximately 4.5cm long, not including ear hooks

• Weight is 6.8 grams

• In very good antique condition: the ear fittings have been changed from front-opening to back-opening 

• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box

Please examine the photographs carefully – they form part of the description. 

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

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