The top pair of earrings, a lover’s knot, belonged to my late grandmother. I smile when I see and wear them because they remind me of her. I had always thought they were a low karat gold, but when I finally louped the back, noticed that they are .800 silver, and had a now faded but charming gold wash on them.
Many years after I inherited them, I saw a similar pair in an antique jewellery shop. I brought them home and when I louped them, was stunned to see the same (obscure) maker’s mark on the reverse. These are also gold plated .800 silver, though set with a pearl and much shinier and less worn in their finish. Both have pierced, French backs.
I love the newer ones too, but they don’t have the same sentimental value. I do adore the fact that they came from the same maker, though. Serendipity.