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.
The mighty oak grows from the lowly acorn, reminding us that great things often have humble beginnings. The oak leaf and acorn often show up as motifs in jewelry from the Victorian times, as evidenced by these lovely sterling silver earrings.
These wonderful silver earrings feature beautifully detailed oak leaves and acorns; they are repousséd, wonderfully weighty and fully articulated. These earrings measure 38 mm north to south from the top of the wire and are 13 mm across. Together they weigh 6.6 grams. Hand crafted in the Victorian era, they are unmarked and have been teased for metal content, circa 1880-1890.
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Ivy clings, it grows along walls, over stones, up trees, and inches toward the sky, forming a unity with its sturdy base. Jewelry with an ivy motif was given as a representation of fidelity, friendship and eternity during the 1800s. In Britain, ivy was called, “lovestone”, named for the way it clung to stone walls.
These antique French ivy leaf gold earrings were handcrafted around 1890 in 18 karat gold. Each drop earring features a round creamy white pearl at the top with a long drop link chain that leads to an ivy leaf shaped drop dotted with another round pearl. A rose cut diamond can be found at the very top of each earring, adding glimmer to an elegant pair of earrings. Each earring measures 42 x 11 mm and together they weigh 2.1 grams. They bear the eagle head hallmark, indicating they are made in 18 karat gold and they were essayed in Paris.
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!
We offer a 3 or 4 payment layaway on most items purchased for full retail price, please inquire if you are interested in setting up a layaway. Items ship when payment is complete and items purchased or payments made on layaway are eligible for store credit only.
Please note that our photographs are part of our description, please look carefully, we do not digitally alter our items. We always want you to be happy with every aspect of your purchase, and If you are not completely satisfied for any reason simply let us know and we'll work together to get the item returned for a full refund. I guarantee that my pictures and descriptions are as accurate as possible. My goal is to exceed your best expectations!