Antique mid-Victorian garnet earrings in 15-carat gold, from about 1855

AU$4,500.00

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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. 

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• 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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