For the grand entrance
Glamorous vintage earrings with Colombian emeralds & diamonds, circa 1965
With a history of thousands of years of mining and appreciation as a gemstone, the emerald is one of the most important gemstones in cultural history. Already in pre-Christian times emerald mines existed in Egypt. These were the stones that the ancient author Pliny described in rapturous tones: "No color is more pleasant to look at, for we also look at green herbs and foliage with eagerness; but the emerald all the better, because nothing greener green can be compared to it." In the 16th century, the Spanish discovered more mines in Colombia that yielded this distinctive gemstone. It is impossible to imagine jewelry history without the Iberian jewels of the Baroque period, richly set with deep green Colombian stones. Even today, the products of these legendary mines in the area of the municipality of Muzo are considered the epitome of quality emerald. The earrings here also set precious emeralds whose Colombian origin has been confirmed by an independent expert's report. They are large, luminous green stones whose jardin helps them to become even more luminous through light reflections. They are each surrounded by a frame of white and fine white brilliant-cut diamonds, which heighten their colourfulness in contrast. The emeralds have been carefully set in gold cramps, while platinum holds the diamonds - the metals further intensify the effects of the gemstones. In their design, the earrings are reminiscent of the links from Elizabeth Taylor's legendary Bulgari emerald necklace. The large necklace, created in 1962, was a gift from Richard Burton. Taylor wore it to numerous grand occasions, such as a costume ball in Venice in 1967 and a premiere in Paris in 1968. Emerald and diamond jewellery was one of the most popular gemstones of the 1960s, a preference that may have been influenced by Jackie Kennedy's engagement ring of the same stones. Our quality earrings are also made for occasions that call for powerful jewels. They were also created in the 1960s, according to their design and materials. They have been excellently preserved and still exude the expressive elegance of their time of origin.
The name of the emerald probably comes from the Latin "Smaragdus", which in turn is taken from the Greek "Smaragdos". The green variety of beryl was already in demand in ancient Egypt and Egypt dominated the emerald trade in the Mediterranean until the fall of the Pharaonic Empire. It was not until the Spanish conquered South America in the 16th century that rich emerald deposits were discovered on the new continent, which from then on became the most sought-after gemstones of the European upper class.
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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.