Georgian coral earrings, circa 1835


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Here’s a spectacular pair of large antique coral earrings. The colour of the cameos is a rich reddish orange.

I love the strong geometry of the triangular tops above the kite-shaped drops.

Earring styles of the late 1830s and 1840s favoured long, flat jewels like these. They’re relatively two-dimensional compared with the rounded, plumper shapes of the mid-Victorian period.

Coral was the height of fashion. Its fragile nature means these are rare survivors.

A man and woman face each other, as commonly seen in engraved gems forming a pair. Flowers and foliage sit above them.

The top section of each earring is a winged Gorgon mask, a common jewellery device throughout the 19th century attributed the talismanic quality of evil warding off evil.

The 18-carat gold surround is delicately embellished with hollow repoussé scrolls, skilfully backed with a thin sheet of gold.

The earring fittings are later – they would have originally fastened from back to front. But the simple shepherd hooks now present are a lot easier to insert.

These earrings are so dramatic that they appeal to a modern sensibility, despite being close to 200 years old.


• Handmade in 18-carat yellow gold
• Set with natural coral
• Approximately 8.3cm (just over 3 1/4 inches) long, 1.9cm (just over 3/4 inch) wide
• Weight is 16.6 grams
• In excellent antique condition
• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box (my antique boxes are not for sale)

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

I accept returns within 14 days if you’re not delighted with your purchase.

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