Drops of Light

Vintage 4.70 ct Diamond Earrings in White Gold, Late 1960s

Pieces of jewellery from the 1960s are often characterised by optimism and a belief in progress. After a rather organic-heavy design language in the fifties, jewellery taste changed fundamentally in the age of the race to the moon. No longer were solid gold and large coloured stones the focus of desire, but jewels in restrained settings of white gold, which were intended to set off the precious stones used in a restrained manner. Jewellery made only of diamonds and white gold or platinum was particularly in demand in those years; in the English-speaking world they are aptly called "all-diamond jewellery". The earrings presented here, brought to us from Salzburg, are entirely dedicated to this fashion. Ten wonderful diamonds in radiant white, eight of which are drop cut stones, two of which are navette cut, are set in groups of five. The claws of the white-gold settings are so discreet and restrained that one has the impression that the stones float around each other in an almost weightless interplay. Since the setter has understood how to set the diamonds at different levels in the earrings, this light impression is further emphasized, giving the pair an immense elegance. In total, the ten diamonds set here have a combined weight of about 4.70 carats, and are so well chosen that even slight inclusions are only perceptible as light, barely visible inclusions. Pins and omega clips make the precious jewels safe to wear and we have commissioned a detailed certificate from the German Gemstone Appraisal Society in Idar-Oberstein, which is supplied with the earrings. The qualities of the stones and their weight are listed in it. For the dating of the pair, cf. the very similarly designed necklace of diamond drops and navette cut diamonds in David Bennet and Daniela Mascetti: Understanding Jewellery, Woodbridge 2010, p. 429.

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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.