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Beautiful clockwork earrings featuring a matched pair of vintage 21 jewel Bulova mechanical watch movements with exposed gears and real ruby jewel bearings mounted on beautiful antiqued silver metal lace setting. These earrings are accented with burgundy Swarovski diamond cut crystal beads that bring out the ruby jewel bearings beautifully.
ABOUT THE DESIGN:
The Victorian era was a bridge between old traditions and new technologies. At the 1851 Great Exhibition in London, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert received the first mechanical keyless wind watches, making pocket watches and watch fobs popular for both men and women until the mid 20th century. While pocket watches had been worn for more than a century, wrist watches were introduced around 1900, called "wristlets" were introduced, in part because of the development of a more affordable jewel bearings production process, which made smaller, more accurate watches possible. Assumed to be a passing fad, wrist watches caught on and were most popular in the 1920s and 1930s, which is why most of the watches I work with are Art Deco from this period. An emblem of a past era of craftsmanship, these mechanical watches have real or synthetic jewel bearings, originally made with ruby, garnet, diamond, and sapphire. Many watches have the name of the watch maker, intricate tooling or design work, seen only when the watch was repaired, cleaned, and maintained. Celebrate analog!
MEASUREMENTS & MATERIALS:
The earring drop length is about 1.5" and the total earring length including leverback hook is just under 2.25"" The back of each pair is filled with a translucent layer so the inner workings of the mechanism are visible. I use SOLID STERLING SILVER leverback earring hooks - your deserve it :) See photos for details.
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Compass Rose Design revives historic heirlooms into wearable art. Everything in our shop is handmade in our studio just north of San Francisco, California.
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ABOUT COMPASS ROSE DESIGN:
Compass Rose Design Jewelry is a tiny, woman-owned family business based just north of San Francisco, California. Founder, Creek Van Houten, is a 3rd generation maker of recycled jewelry and art.
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Steampunk Earrings Silver Vintage Watch Earrings 21 Jewel Clockwork Earrings - Burgundy Swarovski Diamond Cut Crystal
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- Materials: vintage watch movement, antique gear, silver filigree, garnet swarovski crystal, cogs, gears, ruby, ruby jewel bearing, sterling leverback, solid sterling, chrome, burgundy crystal, vintage watch
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