Victorian 14k Specimen Earrings, Natural Uncut Emeralds
These turn-of-the-century earrings were so ahead of their time. They look much like designs of today that you’d expect to find in a high-end art gallery yet they were made over a hundred years ago! At that time, a fascination with science and nature lead to the popularity of curiosity cabinets and the pastime of collecting natural specimens. These earrings are a great example of how this Victorian era trend found its way into jewelry. The upper portion are mined Emeralds that are uncut and set rather simply to show off the geometry of their natural formation. Dangling below are two 7mm fresh water pearls that are each unique in their characteristics yet are impressively matched. The handmade setting around the pearls is so artistic and beautifully crafted to resemble a wildflower (yet a more contemporary mind may see it as a Sputnik!) The wires are hinged in the back and hook in the front which is typical of earrings from this era. This requires the earrings to go through your ear from behind which can take a little getting used to but once you get the hang of it you’ll think nothing of it! From the top of the wire to the bottom of the “flower” is 1-1/4”. The flowers measure 9/16” across and the emerald tops are 6.5mm long by 2mm wide.