Antique, Victorian Day and Night drop earrings. Made of both 9 and 14 carat gold, silver, set with turquoise. Made circa 1850-60. Length:2 inches including the loops, 1 3/4 inches excluding the loops. Weigh 4.5grams - lightweight make them very comfortable to wear and is typical of early Victorian jewellery. Day and night earrings - the upper section / surmount in the form of a flower in 2 shades of gold. The gold in two layers of petals, the upper layer swivels around the central axis, which is set with a turquoise bead. This section can be seperated from the bottom and worn alone for a simpler, daytime look. The central section on a gold fan-shaped frame with sculpted layers of foliage enclosing another pretty flower, also set with a turquoise bead. Above the flower is a finely modelled silver bird with red eyes. Fine detail to 14k gold foliage and flowers. A set of gold elongated pear-shaped dangles suspended from loops at the bottom of the middle section. The loops seperating the sections allow swinging action of all parts as the wearer moves. The length of these earrings is classically elegant. The light weight makes them comfortable to wear despite their wonderful presence and appearance. Not only are the flowers and birds wonderful themes, but they are beautifully and thoughtfully designed with 3 precious metals that play off each other and add contrast and interest, making them all-the-more appealing. Very good condition. One earring has a tiny sign of restoration on the back, not noticeable from the front at all, and quite commensurate with the condition one would expect of a piece of this age and delicacy.
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