Vintage Nephrite Jade & Natural Gold Nugget Earrings in 10k Gold
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A dainty pair of teardrop-shaped, mid 20th century earrings, whose flat-top, nephrite jade cabochons are surrounded by a deep border of natural gold nuggets. These small, richly-textured placer nuggets are carefully arranged on the earrings' 10k gold base. The teardrops swing below a simple pair of shepherd's hook earwires — the earring bases and the earwires are both enlivened by a high carat gold wash. These are lightweight, earthy, and perfect for frequent wear. Natural gold nuggets are endlessly fascinating for their truly unique form and texture, and for their amazing color. These are marked 10k, and with the maker's initials MR. The gold nuggets are Alaskan.
Natural gold nuggets (20 - 22k purity)
c. 1940 - 1960
Total drop is approx 1 1/4" total, including earwires; pendant elements measure approx 21.3 x 11.75 mm; nephrite cabochons measure approx 13.25 x 6.7 mm.
One placer nugget is missing from the nugget border of one earring. This is not something you would notice, holding the earrings in your hand — it just looks like a variation in texture, without magnification.