Jewel of the day: Victorian amethyst and gold earrings
Before mourning jewellery shrouded Victorian England in every permutation of black, jewelry was often a bright spot in the wearer’s costume. These pretty earrings are typically Victorian, with what is actually a serpent or 8 motif (when seen from the back), set with amethysts and accented with granulated gold. The seller notes, “Beautiful layered Victorian earrings c 1880s featuring 1.14 carats of amethyst. They are 18ct gold (tested not marked) and have a stunning Etruscan design. The interlocking circles are draped in vine garlands , with the lower rich purple stones representing grapes , the design really stands out as the earrings look wonderfully ornate. The earrings are 3.1 x 1.6 cm in size or 1.22 x 0.63 inches , they have small areas of vintage patina but are overall in very good wearable condition. Your earrings will be sent gift boxed via tracked and insured postage for peace of mind , for simplicity postage is included in the price.”
They are 18k and sell for USD$1,613.34 from UK-based Etsy seller Watson’s Attic.