Charming Antique Victorian Sunflower Earrings 14k & Rolled Gold $1 Nr
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Charming Antique Victorian Sunflower Earrings 14k & Rolled Gold $1 Nr:
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This sale is for a wonderful pair of rich yellow gold Victorian earrings.
The earrings have a simple diamond shape but with a most charming pattern of sunflowers. These deeply embossed blooms have incredible detail;look close and you can seethe life giving veins in the petalsand each tiny seedat the heart of each flower. The Victorian's were a sentimental lot who fully participated in the "language of flowers". Every flower in their vast garden had a symbolic meaning and this type ofdwarf sunflower meant "adoration" and "I adore you". Wearing these flowers, or receiving them, allowed alady and gentlemantosend a message which could not be spoken aloud. The earring face is made in 10k rich golden yellowrolled gold plate and has the satiny "bloomed" finish so popular in the era. The new, vintage style ear wires made in solid 14k yellow gold.
These remarkable, eye catching earrings started life circa 1885 as a pair of cuff buttons; though earrings of this period certainly looked very much like the ones we're offering. Pictured is a lovely Victorian gal wearing what seems to be a similar pair of hanging ear wire earrings and another beautiful lady and a handsome gent wearing cuff buttons on their removable linen cuffs. The last photo depicts a page from the 1885 Mammoth Jewelry catalog which shows cuff buttons very similar to those we offer here.
As stated above, the earring faces are made in 10k rolled gold plate. The vintage style ear wires are new, made in solid 14k white gold exactly as they would have been 120 years ago. The earrings measure 16.1mm on the diamond shaped square and hang1 and 1/16thinches from top of wire to bottom of the earring. They weigh2.3 total grams or 1.2 grams each,whisper light and comfortable for all day wear! For reference, a single US dime measures 17.9mm in diameter and weighs 2.3 grams. The earrings are in excellent condition, the fine detailing beautifully surviving their 120 plus years as cuff buttons.
We are professional jewelers with a eye tuned to see beauty...and we see it every where, even in ornaments as humble as cufflinks and antique clothing buttons. When we ran our retail store, we were always disappointed by the folks wanting something "unique" who then bought diamond studs...beautiful, but EVERYONE has diamond studs. Apparently, a lot of YOU feel the same way because over the last six plus years we have successfully made and saleed so many, many pairs of fabulous earrings. 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 button backs we attached solid 14k gold ear wires/catchers and pendant loop using our laser welder. The welder literally uses a laser beam to perfectly fuse the metals together; no sloppy solders or ruinous torch flame. We always use solid 14k so you have "good" gold for your ears...we don't want less, why would you? The Victorians knew what they were doing when it came to the ear wires...some of you modern gals have been nervous about wearing the shepherd hook wires but are always relieved the find that the catchers make them very secure. No more fumbling with (and losing!) little ear nuts...that, and the wires give the earrings a saucy, eye catching swing.
Who once owned these wonderful cuff buttons? We're they a anniversary gift from a happy wife to heradoring husband? What is it about the antique pieces that are so captivating? For us, we love the mystery that will never be solved. 120 years after they were made for the sleeve, they have a new life lease as fabulous earrings, ready for the next hundred years. If you love the romance of the Victorian era and have been looking for a special pair of earrings, perhaps something to compliment the antique pieces you already own, hesitate no further. These genuine, antique Victorian cuff buttons (now earrings) are everything we promise and more.
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