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Baubles, Bling and Inspired Things

Oscar Wilde once said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  For centuries, artisans and jewelers have proven the truth in those words.  Inspiration for these craftsman was often found not by envisioning something new but rather by looking into the creations of years gone by.  

When I found these earrings, I immediately identified them as Victorian.  All the earmarks were there, beginning with the oval amethyst center stones.  Amethyst was a very popular gemstone in the 1800’s, especially in soft pale lavender shades like this. 

Held in place by a seamless circle of twenty claws, these two genuine stones have a combined weight of approximately 6.00 carats.  A tiny golden rope decorates the base of each setting.  The overall look is softened with the addition of a halo of seed pearls.  These natural beauties are carefully strung and secured in place with a singular strand of metal wire.  Simply lovely.

When I flipped one of the earrings over and the crisp “14K” hallmark appeared, I changed my mind.  I knew these were not authentic Victorian earrings from the 1800’s.  Instead, they were made in the 1950’s.  Stamping the 14-karat gold hallmark on jewelry began in 1932, making it impossible for these little charmers to be truly Victorian.  They’re a revival…  a tradition that honors the style and technique of a previous period.  The Victorian era encompassed most of the 19th century and showcased some of the most iconic antique jewelry of all time, it’s easy to understand why jewelers in the 1950’s were compelled to re-create it. 

Revival jewelry is often more readily available and in better condition than the antique pieces they’ve been modeled after.  Additionally, age and condition are directly correlated to price…  so a pristine piece of Victorian jewelry could command quite a high price.  Because these revival earrings are only 70 years old and not 170 years old…  they’re quite reasonable.  Priced at just $725.00, they’re a great and affordable alternative to authentic antique earrings.  Call us at 800-747-7552 to make them yours today.

“You can go to a museum and look, or come to us and touch.”

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

What’s New – Volume 59

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and the Latest Things

Found in every hue from soft lilac to rich mulberry, the purple quartz crystal known as amethyst has long been recognized as the birthstone for February.  It’s also designated as the ideal gift for the 6th wedding anniversary.  Although the color has always been associated with royalty, amethyst is actually one of the most affordable of all gemstones.  It has been a popular choice of jewelers for hundreds of years.

A favorite among Victorians, amethyst was featured in everything from pendants to bracelets, rings…  and of course, earrings like these.  Made in the late 1800’s, these simple 9-karat yellow gold earrings are comprised of three individual links that are suspended from a small gold ball. 

Presenting a medium-purplish shade somewhere between iris and orchid, these round amethyst gems are set within milgrain-edged bezels.  The center links display a graduated series of natural seed pearls within a small leaf shape.  Next, a singular seed pearl is nestled within a tiny five-petaled flower.  This elegant and dainty garland is just over one inch in length.

Aged over 140 years old, these beauties aren’t perfect.  There is a small bit of lead solder on the back of each one – but luckily it isn’t noticeable from the front.  Amethyst is found all over the world, even in the United States.  The Four Peaks mine in the Mazatzal mountains of Phoenix Arizona has produced some very fine dark purple amethyst crystals.  Measuring a 7 on the Mohs scale, it’s suitable for daily wear.  These little darlings are priced at just $425 – a steal for true antique earrings…  and just in time for Valentine’s Day!  ♥ ♥ ♥

“You can go to a  museum and look, or come to us and touch.”

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

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