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Antique French gold drop earrings with blue enamel, circa 1870.

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An exquisite and truly unique pair of antique gold earrings, the central motif of half-spherical fluted melon shape design decorated with stripes of pale blue enamel, the top loop with hinged hook fastening to the front. The detachable lower section suspending an intricate tapered stem leading to spherical melon design drop with further blue enamel decoration. Crafted in yellow gold circa 1870, with French eagle’s head hallmark for 18ct gold. These earrings have the original fittings of the period which loop through from the back of the ear, fastening at the front. The lower section is detachable, enabling them to be worn with or without the drop. In excellent condition with only a couple of tiny losses to the enamel.

Measurements: length of earrings 35mm

These earrings were made in France circa 1870. The fashion throughout the 1860s to 70s was for hair to be swept back and gathered at the back of the head in a chignon or a cascade of curls, and so drop earrings were particularly favoured during this period. Gold and enamel examples were chosen for day wear, while pearls and precious stones were worn in the evening. Designs included spheres, drops, hoops and ovals with inspiration based on archaeological revival.
An exquisite and truly unique pair of antique gold earrings, the central motif of half-spherical fluted melon shape design decorated with stripes of pale blue enamel, the top loop with hinged hook fastening to the front. The detachable lower section suspending an intricate tapered stem leading to spherical melon design drop with further blue enamel decoration. Crafted in yellow gold circa 1870, with French eagle’s head hallmark for 18ct gold. These earrings have the original fittings of the period which loop through from the back of the ear, fastening at the front. The lower section is detachable, enabling them to be worn with or without the drop. In excellent condition with only a couple of tiny losses to the enamel.

Measurements: length of earrings 35mm

These earrings were made in France circa 1870. The fashion throughout the 1860s to 70s was for hair to be swept back and gathered at the back of the head in a chignon or a cascade of curls, and so drop earrings were particularly favoured during this period. Gold and enamel examples were chosen for day wear, while pearls and precious stones were worn in the evening. Designs included spheres, drops, hoops and ovals with inspiration based on archaeological revival.

Reviews

5 out of 5 stars
(12)
Reviewed by Leah Rubio
Buyer photo Leah Rubio, who reviewed this item with the Etsy app for iPhone.
5 out of 5 stars
Aug 14, 2017
Exactly how she described the ring. Excellent customer service, thank you!!
Antique gold memorial ring, circa 1710.

Reviewed by Susan Cleaver
5 out of 5 stars
Jun 27, 2017
My item is beautiful. Better than the picture. Postage was fast and packaging was very nice. I am very happy and would definitely buy from this shop again.
Antique diamond pendant. Krementz four leaf clover pendant / brooch with green enamel decoration, American circa 1900.

Reviewed by mculling
5 out of 5 stars
Feb 16, 2017
Gave this to my husband for Valentine's Day...He loved it!
Antique snake ring. Victorian ruby and diamond double snake ring, circa 1892.

Reviewed by Hillary Neben
5 out of 5 stars
Dec 30, 2016
Wow! This item is gorgeous, just as described, and the packaging was so lovely. Thank you!!
Early Victorian gold mourning pendant, circa 1840s.

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The following items can't be returned or exchanged
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I want to be absolutely certain that you love your purchase and will offer a full refund less the shipping cost for any item returned within 14 days of the delivery date. This is assuming the piece is unworn, undamaged, in its original box and in the same condition as sold with no alterations. Please contact me within 3 days of delivery if for any reason you are not satisfied with your purchase.

I ensure that all of my pieces are in the best possible condition and all are suitable for general everyday wear, however antique pieces do require loving care and maintenance from time to time. I cannot be responsible for any damage to an item once it has been delivered but can advise you on the best way to clean and care for your purchase.

Shipping policies

We ship worldwide free of charge.

All orders will be dispatched within 1-3 working days of receipt of payment.

Each item is beautifully boxed, wrapped and shipped using secure packaging by the following methods:

UK delivery – Royal Mail special next day delivery - Free of charge
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I will always provide you with a tracking number for your shipment and all packages will need to be signed for on delivery. All items are shipped insured and declared for their full value.

All customs duties and taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.

Additional policies

I do not offer a sizing or alterations service however I would be happy to advise you on whether or not a ring is suitable for re-sizing. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance.

While I take every care to check over each piece of jewellery and will only sell pieces which are suitable for wear today, as with all antiques and pre-loved jewellery with a provenance of previous owners, there will be light marks and scratches and wear commensurate with age. Each piece is thoroughly cleaned before sale, however to preserve their historic integrity I do not polish or alter the pieces in any way.

I am committed to providing the highest level of customer service and will do my very best to assist you. Please give me the opportunity to resolve any issues should they arise. Good feedback is very important to me and I would be extremely grateful if you would kindly leave a review on delivery of your purchase.

Antique French gold drop earrings with blue enamel, circa 1870.

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Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Drop length: 35 Millimeters
  • Materials: gold, enamel
  • Feedback: 12 reviews
  • Favorited by: 52 people
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