Large, yet with ease

Elegant Victorian gold earrings, circa 1870

The earrings here from Great Britain impress with their size. First of all, under the delicate ear hoops that end in a ball, there is a large, loop-shaped element with pendulous hanging, the surface of which shows an embossed ornament of diagonal ribbons. At its center are braided gold strands, a variation on the traditional "lover's knot" symbolizing the bond between two people. A moving gold bead finishes off the creation at the bottom. The impressive size of the earrings is in keeping with the fashion of the years around 1870. Bright gold and as long as possible, the earrings should also be worn during the day. Since the hair was ondulated into corkscrew curls and gathered at the nape of the neck, the earlobes adorned in this way were also shown off to excellent advantage. In the 1880s and 1890s, on the other hand, it was suddenly considered unrefined to wear long and striking earrings during the day, and the earrings that had just been fashionable ended up in the back of the jewellery box. It is thanks to these changes in fashion that the earrings presented here have survived without flaw. Since the earrings of the time around 1870 were often very long, they were usually made hollow. Thus, despite its length of just under six centimetres, this pair is also extremely light and comfortable to wear. They are now waiting to begin a second life with us.

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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.