Extraordinary Georgian Rose Cut Diamond Studs
Ok, wow! These Georgian era rose cut diamond earrings are quite extraordinary! The stunning, extra-large rose cut diamonds (estimated between .80ct and 1.00ct each) are set into very ornate 14k gold mountings with elaborate silver fleur-de-lis prongs...an incredible design detail! The diamonds are foil lined with the backs being enclosed completely. Jewelers at this point in history believed that the best way to optimize a diamond's brilliance was to line the back with foil. This was so the light that filtered through the front of the stone would reflect off of the shiny foil allowing the diamond to illuminate to the max! Science has since taught us that there are more technical ways of maximizing brilliance in diamonds so this foil process was put to rest. But collectors and estate jewelry lovers rejoice in finding original foil backed jewels like these! Partly for their rarity and partly because they have such fascinating character. The design of this pair is really wonderful because they hang ever so slightly from your earlobe. The 14k post extends from behind the smaller rose cut diamonds that sit atop the large diamonds so the overall drop length from the post is approximately 1/2". The diameter of the fleur-de-lis settings is 9.5mm or 3/8". Their depth from the back of the setting to the table of the diamond is approximately 5mm. The diamonds have an irregular circumference but can be approximated as 6.5mm. The mountings are set with 14k lever backs which manually clip into place holding onto the post very securely. These earrings are an outstanding alternative to your basic diamond studs! They have such a warm, enchanting glow and a somewhat mysterious quality. Beautiful instant heirlooms!