Dangling earrings Napoléon III stamped 18K French gold Onyx and demi pearl
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These ravishing dangle earrings are in wonderful condition. It is as if they were stored away in some ladies vault back in the nineteenth century and never worn. If that were the case, one would have to wonder why, since they are absolutely gorgeous!
Crafted in the best Napoléon III jewelry tradition, they are made out of 18K solid gold*, black onyx and natural demi pearls. The gold material is finely chiseled, the onyx is bezel crown, and is decorated with an equally bezel demi pearl.
The two onyx disks are of different sizes, the top one being smaller as is normally the case. They are linked together with a finely chiseled solid gold decoration with curlicues and volutes.
These beautiful earrings are crafted in the best Napoléon III tradition of fine jewelry making. Great for evening wear, they can also be worn in the daytime without appearing overly boastful. No one is to know, at first glance, that they are made out of authentic material! And the shepherd hook gold wire makes them easy to put on and wear. So difficult to resist! We look forward to your questions and comments.
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Size: 39mm (1 5/8")
length of drop: 1 1/2"
Material: 18K solid gold, demi pearl, onyx
Style: dangle, drop
Period: Napoléon III, Victorian era (1870's)
Provenance: an estate sale in the south of France
Condition: excellent estate, minor wear
Additional remarks: stamped with the French assay mark. Also features a maker's mark
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*Information on gold jewelry:
- 24K gold is pure gold. (it is not really used in jewellery because it is too soft and not practical for daily wear.)
-18K gold contains 18 parts gold and 6 parts of one or more additional metals, making it 75% gold. This level of fineness is used extensively in French and Italian jewelry and in most quality pieces)
-14K gold contains 14 parts gold and 10 parts of one or more additional metals, making it 58.3% gold. (It is used extensively in the US)
-12K gold contains 12 parts gold and 12 parts of one or more additional metals, making it 50% gold.
-10K gold contains 10 parts gold and 14 parts of one or more additional metals, making it 41.7% gold. 10K gold is the minimum standard that can be called "gold" in the United States.
Antique jewelry and rare items often contain the lower level of fineness, but their value is based on a myriad of other factors.