Très Magnifique!

Vintage earrings with emeralds & 4.47 ct diamonds, Paris 1980s

Looking at this wonderful pair of earclips, it's hard to know where to begin with description and excitement! So luxuriously finished, equipped and preserved is the pair, so catchy and clearly designed, that it is immediately clear why this ear jewellery is in a class of its own. For someone of a more prosaic disposition, it is the choice, masterfully crafted materials that are as compelling in this pair as the craftsmanship: each of the two clips presents a natural emerald of excellent quality in a bed of thirty-two white diamonds each. The emeralds are cut into large drops and define the shape of the clips. The settings of high-carat yellow gold hold the stones so delicately yet firmly that it is a delight to lose oneself in the sparkle of the stones. For anyone (and everyone!) with a love of the symbolism of antique jewellery, these earrings naturally have a story to tell: The classic combination of emerald and diamond celebrates eternal youth and hopeful love: the green color of emeralds symbolizes hope, and even Cleopatra is said to have adorned herself with emeralds to rejuvenate herself and maintain her beauty, since, according to ancient belief, inexhaustible grace and youth also reside in the emerald. The diamond, in turn, is according to legend indestructible and thus a symbol of eternity. But last but not least, we are fascinated by the beauty of the couple and the associations that the sparkling of the diamonds in front of the green emeralds arouse. The pair was made in Paris in the 1980s. The hallmarks on the back prove the earrings' place of origin. The design and the use of warm yellow gold in combination with white diamonds suggest the date of origin. A detailed appraisal by the German Society for Gemstone Appraisal in Idar-Oberstein confirms the quality of the materials. What may these earclips have seen, what have they experienced? And: What may you experience with them soon?

In ancient times, diamonds were valued primarily for their incomparable hardness. As symbols of invincible strength, their beauty was secondary at best. In fact, early diamonds do not appear at all attractive to the modern eye. Medieval cutting techniques also did not allow for spectacular light reflections, and the widespread table cuts only brought out the brightness and color of the stones. All this changed in the course of the 17th century. The nobility of the Baroque period developed a taste for glittering gemstones. Rose-cut diamonds, whose many facets reflected candlelight beautifully, were particularly popular. In the middle of the century, a first, early brilliant cut developed, called the Mazarin cut after the influential Cardinal Jules Mazarin, characterized by a crown of 17 facets. By the end of the century, these diamonds were then replaced by a new shape, named the Peruzzi cut after its inventor. Vincenzo Peruzzi was a gem cutter from Venice, who increased the crown of the diamonds by additional facets to a total of 33, thus increasing the fire of the stones enormously. However, these early brilliant diamonds were not standardized in terms of the number and shape of the facets. Each stone was cut in such a way that as much substance as possible could be preserved. New diamond deposits in Brazil in the second half of the 18th century then led to a cut shape that became known as the Old Mine Cut. These diamonds are already very similar to today's full-cut diamonds, but several generations of continuous improvement of the cutting technique were still necessary until the Old Mine Cut became first the old cut, and finally in the 1940s the modern full cut.

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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.