Victorian 15kt Enameled Carnelian & Gold Quartz Earrings
Gold-in-quartz was formed while the earth was still in its molten state. During the cooling and solidification process, veins of gold became trapped with the crystals of quartz in the mine. This created a very dramatic contrast between the white quartz and the yellow of the gold. Jewelry made from gold quartz became quite a fashion statement of the 1880's. During the Gold Rush era in the American West, most of the gold quartz was mined in California around the San Francisco area.
An outstanding pair of gold quartz earrings from the Victorian (ca1880) era! These gorgeous earrings are crafted in 15kt gold, and have an artistic dangling design. Each earring features a central a beautiful gold quartz stone at the center of an enameled border. The gold quartz is marbled with pale shades of grey and milky white, contrasting perfectly with the bright gold flecks that stand out dramatically against the light background. The yellow gold mounting further enhances the appearance of the gold flecks, bringing them to life. Rich carnelian stones decorate the hinged surmounts at the top, and clasped gold wires complete the design. Perfect for the Victorian jewelry lover, these earrings would make a fantastic addition to any collection!
Measurements: The earrings hang 3 1/2" long, measure 1" across at the widest point, and are 3/16" at the thickest point.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting. The gold quartz and carnelian stones are all intact and free of chips or scratches. The clasped earring wires are secure and in good working condition. There is some fading to the original tracery enamel design due to age, but it is not noticeable when worn, and does not detract from the beauty of the overall design.