Ornate Victorian Enamel Portrait Drop Earrings in 18k Gold

$ 985.00 

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Ornate Victorian Enamel Portrait Drop Earrings in 18k Gold
Ornate Victorian Enamel Portrait Drop Earrings in 18k Gold
Ornate Victorian Enamel Portrait Drop Earrings in 18k Gold
Ornate Victorian Enamel Portrait Drop Earrings in 18k Gold

A pair of antique, Victorian-era earrings, made in 18k yellow gold and ornately hand-engraved with curling banners and fronds. The centerpiece of each coin-shaped earring is a very small miniature portrait of a lady in period dress, painted on a ruby glass plaque— these coy belles (one wearing her hair elaborately coifed and the other smiling shyly from beneath a tilted hat) are hand painted in enamel, and the detail at this small scale is remarkable. The ruby glass plaques are bezel set; they are rectangular, with nipped corners, and a concave oval plane at center. These earrings are large but comfortable; they have always been earrings, but the wires are newly replaced.

Materials

18k gold
Ruby glass
Enamel

Age

c. 1890 - 1900

Condition 

Excellent. One ruby glass plaque has a chip on the bottom corner; it is noticeable upon inspection, but not in wear. 

Dimensions

Earrings are approx 28.6 mm long, including ear-wires (about 1.1 inches), and approx 21.3 mm in diameter. Painted plaques measure approx 7.7 mm x 10.3 mm. Weight is approx 9.75 grams.

Ornate Victorian Enamel Portrait Drop Earrings in 18k Gold
Ornate Victorian Enamel Portrait Drop Earrings in 18k Gold
Ornate Victorian Enamel Portrait Drop Earrings in 18k Gold
Ornate Victorian Enamel Portrait Drop Earrings in 18k Gold