Midnight Blue

Antique earrings with sapphires & diamonds in gold, around 1890

In the late 19th century, people chose their jewellery according to the occasion. If one was invited to tea, for example, the ladies' journal Bazar recommended coloured stone jewellery in an article from 1888, but it should not be too large and expensive; after all, one should not outshine the hostess. For church, silver jewellery in the serious style of the Renaissance was appropriate; to the theatre, one wore a suite of coral jewellery. Then in the evening, for dinner or a ball, one reached for precious diamond jewellery, sometimes also with large coloured stones. A precious pair of diamond earrings with sapphires like this one would have accompanied its wearer on festive evenings. Two midnight blue drop-cut sapphires are the focal point of the earrings, each providing the basic shape of the suspended pendulum. They are surrounded by a ring of fine old-cut diamonds. Above them, three diamonds are arranged in a cloverleaf motif, as was often found in jewellery fashion around 1890. The earrings are beautifully preserved. They have reached us reworked into a brooch. In our workshop we have restored the precious pair of earrings to their original condition and fitted them with hooks made of high-carat gold.

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You can rely on our years of experience in the trade and our expertise as a professional art historians for reviews of the antique jewellery. As a member of various trader organisations and the British Society of Jewellery Historians, we remain committed to the highest possible degree of accuracy. In our descriptions, we always also indicate any signs of age and defects and never hide them in our photos – this saves you from any unpleasant surprises when your package arrives.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.