Long Antique Austro-Hungarian Pearl and Emerald Earrings, c. 1900 Silver Gilt

     I love a long, dangly earring. Nothing else makes your neck look quite as elegant, nothing else quite captures the eye with every turn of your elegant head. Short earrings have their place, I suppose, but for me, the longer, the more articulated, the better. So, you know when my English friend pulled these out of her bag of goodies, I just had to have them!

     These are truly fantastic emerald, faux emerald and pearl Austro-Hungarian earrings that were made around 1900. These earrings feature four connected plaques, they are bezel set with a combination of real and faux emeralds and cultured pearls. The bottoms are set with natural emeralds surrounded by delicate seed pearls which are strung on a wire around the bezels. They are handcrafted in silver gilt with 9 karat gold top wires. These earrings were almost certainly originally crafted with screw back tops but have been converted to simple wires, they were likely regilded at the time that this was done. It was quite common in Austro-Hungarian jewelry for the stones to be a mix of different faux and natural gems.  I think it's possible that these earrings also have a couple of green garnets as well, set into the middle of the bows, but with the closed backed settings it's difficult to tell. These gorgeous earrings are beautifully decorated front and back, a typical aspect of Austro-Hungarian jewelry!

     These earrings measure 2 1/8 inches (5.45 mm) from top to bottom not including the wires, they are 1/2 inch wide at the widest point (1.35 mm) and together they weigh 10.6 grams. The natural emeralds set in the bottom drops are emerald cut and measure 7.5 mm top to bottom, 5 mm across and are 3 mm deep. 

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