Measuring an incredble 2.5" long, these are possibly the largest gold earrings we have had. Engraved designs adorn both sides of each earring. Small pieces of Persian turquoise adorn points on the front of each earring. Antique gold pieces with Persian turquoise are scarce and highly collectible. The unmistakeable color of the Persian turquoise is a brilliant blue and was a beloved stone due to the association with Queen Victoria and its symbolic meaning of empowerment.
Since these are hollow, the earrings are large and make a statement but are not heavy. Can easily be worn for a lengthy period of time without tiring the ears.
Dating to the 1860's. these embody the trend toward bolder jewelry which was used to exhibit one's desire to be more of a force in soceity. It was the start of women's desire for equal footing and the suffrage movement.
No dents, dings, or issues. Impeccable condition with original wires.
Victorian jewelry originated in England with the period from 1861-1885 known as The Grand Period. We specialize mostly in jewelry from this era. It is bolder in construction as this time frame saw women’s roles transitioning. A switch from dainty to bold construction was demanded due to women becoming more prevalent in business and demanding the right to vote. This move to a bolder look and increased demand was also attributed to the middle class having more access to higher paying jobs and being able to emulate the wealthy. Jewelry was used as a sign of a woman’s wealth and place in society; thus, the more jewelry a woman wore, the wealthier she appeared. 9kt gold became all the rage during this time as it was more affordable for the upper middle class, and it allowed them to denote their rising status in society. The vast majority of gold jewelry found during this period is of this karat content. Earrings, bangles, and chains were now being worn during the day and were no longer reserved for evening. Women of this period were no different than women today; each enjoyed her own style and her pieces were special and significant to her. Her personality emanated from her jewelry.
Excellent condition. No dents, dings, or issues. Original wires.Circa:
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