Every woman needs two great diamond earring looks as the anchor of her jewelry wardrobe. You, of course, need studs to wear all day, most days, and then you’ll need a fantastic pair of chandelier earrings as well, for those fun and fabulous special occasions. So, the question is, which pair to buy? Studs? Chandeliers? What if you could have both in one perfect pair? Well, here they are, studs for day that transform effortlessly into the most beautiful chandeliers for night!
Made in Europe (France probably) in about 1840 for a woman of some means, this hand crafted pair were made in 14 and 18 karat gold with the diamonds set in silver. These night and day earrings are fully set with the most gorgeous selection of Old European cut diamonds, 74 in all. The 6 largest stones are about 0.265 karats each and all-together the earrings contain about 4.588 karats in bright and sparkling white diamonds. The tops are back to front, as was typical with French earrings at this time. The backs of these earrings test as 18 karat, but the wires are 14 karat and marked as such. I believe that the wires on these have been replaced at some point. The hinged and fully articulated bottoms have lots of movement for maximum sparkle!
The earrings with the drops measure 63.4 mm from top to bottom and 19.3 mm across at the widest point. Together these earrings weigh 20.7 gram. They have been tested to verify the gold content.
Antique Night and Day earrings are extremely hard to come by as having four parts makes losing one pretty easy, so I was totally thrilled to come across this pair while shopping the markets of Paris!
A note from Victoria:: These earrings have a back to front closure which works just as it sounds. The earring goes through the ear from behind and clips in the front. They are extremely comfortable to wear, but it can take a little time getting used to putting them on. The key is to wiggle the earring instead of trying to just push it through. Don't be surprised if you get hooked on this style of closure once you get used to it!
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ITEM ID ESA22969VA