SOLD: Mid-Victorian garnet earrings, circa 1855


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Here is the best example of mid-Victorian garnet earrings I can remember owning. They are long, nearly two inches without the hooks, and in pristine condition.

The tops are more large and complex than similar examples from the period, featuring a finely stippled leaf on a base with filigree detail.

The main body continues the motif, with curved acanthus leaves – symbolising long life or immortality – suspending the pinkish purple garnets typical of the time.

Small gold balls decorate the midline. These have a plain finish, providing contrast to the textured leaves.

The thickness of the gold in these earrings is about the same as a sheet of paper. They are incredibly light – just two grams each.

So it is a small miracle that they have survived since the late 1850s in all their glory.


• Handmade in 15-carat yellow gold
• Set with four pear cut and four round cut garnets
• Approximately 4.8cm (nearly two inches) long without hooks, 1.9cm (3/4 inch) wide
• Weight is 4 grams
• In excellent antique condition
• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box
• Note: the other antique gold earrings have sold

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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