We decided to meet on Wednesday afternoon in the Duke of Wellington, a pub on London’s famed Portobello Road. The pub is mostly empty when we go in to order pints and snacks, it’s a cool rainy afternoon and the road, which bustles with activity much of the week, feels empty today. I’m sipping a cider and listing to the men talk politics while waiting for a friend; we’ll head up to her closed shop to do a little browsing after we eat (private shopping, lucky me!). She walks in looking fantastic as usual, a classic English beauty, she rocks heels and trainers equally well. Today she’s rocking these earrings and I can’t take my eyes off of them from the moment she enters the pub.
“Don’t worry, Victoria”, she smiles, “they’re for you!”
These fabulous earrings will make any outfit from casual to black tie. Handcrafted in 18 karat gold, they are set with 36 creamy white pearls, each 2 mm in diameter and further set with 14 Old European cut diamonds. The center diamonds weigh about .1 carats each and the other 12 diamonds are rose cuts. The stars around the diamonds are accented with blue enamel. These gorgeous earrings are most certainly made from another piece of jewelry, but not by me. Likely they were buttons or maybe cufflinks, they make fabulous earrings. The pendants were made around the same time the Duke of Wellington opened, in the late 1850s. The earrings have post backs now and from the post to the bottom they measure 28.6 mm and are 17.3 mm across. Together these earrings weigh 3.4 grams. These beauties are unmarked, but have been acid tested to verify their metal content.