Antique Victorian Luckenbooth Padlock Earrings 14k & Rolled Rose Gold $1 Nr
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Antique Victorian Luckenbooth Padlock Earrings 14k & Rolled Rose Gold $1 Nr:
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This sale is for a wonderful pair of Victorian, hand engraved "luckenbooth" padlock earrings in rose rolled gold.
The endearing earring face is a literal representation ofawee padlock; in this case, a simple charmin the shapeofa padlock with all thehand engraved details including fancy curling arabesques below the keyhole. "Luckenbooth" jewelry is so very collectable today! The namecomes from Scotland where small "locked booths" sold inexpensive jewelry and trinkets including what came to be known as a "gate" bracelet which was clasped closed with a tiny pad lock. It's beensaid that when a gentlemanwent off to war or to travel afar, he would leave the bracelet locked around his sweetheart'swrist and he would hold the key until he got back.This symbol of love would show others that her heart was "locked up" by another. Our tiny pad locks are madewith a thin sheet of solid10k rose gold on the front set ona rose gold plated backing. They hang froman antique style, solid 14k yellow gold wires.
The earring faces measure afeminine 11.3 at widest by 14.2mm long. The earrings hang a total of 1 and 1/16th incheslong overall in the ear. They weigh3.2 total gramsor a whisper light 1.6 grams each . For reference, a USdime measures a larger 17.9mm in diameter and weighsa heavier 2.3 grams. The earrings are in excellent, ready to wear condition.
We are the jewelers who make the special, one of a kind pieces that you might see in your local jewelry store; your retailer sends us the design and we made it for them. While these can be jaw dropping beautiful, it's the OTHER work we do that holds a special place in our hearts: the restoration of vintage and antique jewelry.
Too often, when a precious, admired piece was no longer useful or in style, it was put away and later forgotten. That's a shame! We have an eye attuned for these neglected treasures and for the lastseven plus years we've been reinventing the last century's cast offs: cufflinks, clothes buttons, lingerie pins, into one of a kind earrings. The beautiful earrings we offer here started life circa 1883 as a pair of gents collar buttons and you can see a picture of the collar buttons before the conversion. We so love this romantic era and we'vepictured a few 1890's catalog pages showing similar collar / cuff buttons, period earrings andpadlocked bracelets.
Every pair of our earrings are signed with a "A" in a diamond shape...we're very proud to stand behind our work and the "Ace of Diamond" trademark is the proof.
After removing the old foldingbutton back, which had the patented date of December 1883, we attached the top ring andsolid gold ear wires using our laserwelder. We always use solid 14k so you have good gold for your sensitive ears...we wouldn't want less, why would you? You'll love the shepherd hook and catch! So easy to use and they give the earrings an eye capturing bit of swing. A few gals have been worried about wearing wires, but have been relieved to find that the "catchers" make the earrings very secure. The laser welder is what makes our earrings possible. It is a $30,000 machine which fuses the gold and steel together, no torch flame, no ruinous heat and no sloppy solders.
What is it about the Victorian pieces that are so captivating? Perhaps it's the mystery of their hidden past but for us, we love the quality and care made into each piece. All these years after they were made iscollar buttons they have a new life lease as striking, one of a kind earrings ready to inspire envy for the next hundred years. Who was the person who once called thesecharming little lockstheir own? What happiness and heartbreak have they witnessed? If you offer and win this sale, you'll have a unique pair a unique of earrings which spans the generations. Don't hesitate to offer strong, this is the only pair we have.
Where had these wonderful cufflinks been hiding all these years? What happiness or heartbreak have they witnessed? We've been asked how can we make and sell such wonderful earrings: didn't we want to keep them all? The answer is YES! We've made and sold my 'dream' earrings many times over...it wasn't easy to decide to list this fabulous pair. Truly though, the pleasure of sharing our earrings with you awesome gals around the world makes it all worth while. If these are your earrings, offer strong, they are are the only pair we have.
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