In the event the Santa in your life (what – there’s no Santa??) drops a wad of cash into your stocking, you might want to consider these earrings.
By Abellan New York and sold through 1st Dibs, the one-of-a-kind earrings come with an intriguing back story: King Phillip V of Spain lost his wife in 1714 after a brief marriage. He decided to take a second wife, Elizabeth Farnese, the Duchess of Parma. She agreed to the proposal but stated she would not consummate the marriage without a dowry of jewels of her choosing. The two were married by proxy that year.
Philip then ordered that dazzling jewels be brought to him in 1715 by his fleet of ships coming from the country’s colonies in the New World. The manifest for the ship, The Capitana, believed to have been carrying the jewels, listed “62 chests of gifts”. It is known that among the gifts there was a heart created of 130 pearls, a 74-carat emerald ring, a pair of pearl earrings each set with a 14 carat pearl, and a rosary of pure coral the size of small marbles. The ship was lost off the coast of Florida and never reached Spain. But the marriage of Philip V and Elizabeth Farnese was eventually consummated and was an apparent love match, as Elizabeth bore Philip seven children.
Jewelry master artist Abellán was captivated by this story of love and precious stones. She imagined what beauty might have been lost in the treasures destined for Spain. The story was her inspiration for the creation of the one-of-a-kind Lost at Sea, Love Survive Tassel Earrings. They are fashioned with emeralds and pearls as was some of the jewelry destined for Spain, as well with the spessartine (Mandarin) garnet, an orange gemstone, a symbol of Florida, the sunshine state.
The unique Emerald, Diamond Tassel ear pendants by Abellán New York are a stunning mix of serious gems and a whimsical tassel make these drop earrings a “sultry swing” The earrings feature high dome Mandarin Garnet cabochons (14.74 carats*), Emeralds (2.30 carats*) and White Diamonds (2.54 carats*) averaging G in color, VS to SI-1. Each earring top is post set with fourteen 3.25 mm (average) White Akoya pearls spherical in shape, Each tassel has a diamond set bead cap that is bead set with round full cut diamonds. Each tassel also consists of seven (7) strands of graduated rondelle shape smooth natural emerald beads with an average of nineteen (19) to twenty (20) beads per strand for a total estimated 67.75 carats*. The end of each emerald bead strand contains a yellow gold bead tip that is bezel set with one round full cut diamond. Set in 750 (18K) solid yellow gold.
Crafted in New York City.
Signed by the Artist and numbered.
Accompanied by a Gemological Institute of America Identification Report for the Spessartine Garnet, number 2165532797, dated September 10, 2014 stating Natural Spessartine Garnet. ”
They sell for USD$69,500.