Antique Diamond Earrings
A pair of beautiful antique earrings with old cut brilliant (Bolshevik) set in 18k gold and with a black enameled edge. 19th century
the stones 1.32 and 1.37 crt color K VS2
Europe c. 1880
The black enamel of these earrings is applied to emphasize the size and brilliance of the diamonds in a refined way.
Unlike long earrings, such ear studs could remain in the ears overnight. For this purpose there is often a mechanism at the back to keep them in place. Some ladies in the 18th and 19th century only put them on just before going to sleep.
If they were then suddenly awakened at night, they could still look beautiful.
That is why this type of ear studs is also called dormeuses, derived from the French dormir, which means sleeping.
|Period:||1750 - 1900|
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