"Fresh and graceful"

Large vintage earrings with emeralds & diamonds, Italy circa 2000

The earrings here are unusually rich and magnificent with their setting of large emeralds and sparkling diamonds. A total of four large, natural drop-shaped emeralds are framed by around 8.16 ct of brilliant- and navette-cut diamonds. The large gemstones are of very good quality throughout: they live in the light and complement each other to create a fresh and enchanting impression. In fact, each combination of different gemstones creates its own unique effect. The fascinating green of emeralds, for example, combines particularly well with the bright brilliance of diamonds. Already about 220 years ago the German ladies' journal "Der Bazar" knew this. Here we find the note in 1894: "Emeralds are particularly beautiful with diamonds, provided that the stones are beautiful in colour and cut: This combination has an immensely fresh and graceful effect". Each of the earrings consists of three parts, an upper and a lower part in the shape of a teardrop, as well as a movable connecting piece that gives the earrings a beautiful pendulum-like movement. The gemstones are set in high-carat white gold, which gives the brilliance of the diamonds and emeralds every opportunity to unfold unadulterated. According to their hallmarks, the earrings were created in Italy, probably in the years around the turn of the millennium. Later they were imported to France, which is also documented by the corresponding hallmarks on the ear pins. We have now brought them from Paris to Berlin. An independent certificate has confirmed the excellent quality of the materials, it comes with the earrings.

"No other green attains the splendor of the richly and nobly colored emerald. Impossible to compare a green glass with this stone, absurd to name even the sea or a colorful parrot emerald. How might the Spaniards once have felt when they received as a gift from the Indians in 1537 that stone of ambition and passionate love?" With these exuberant words, a popular non-fiction book of the first half of the 20th century describes the emerald. The green variety of beryl was coveted 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. The emerald is one of the most valuable gemstones and has always had a very high value in many cultures, myths and royal houses. The ancient Egyptians recognized the healing powers of the emerald early on, especially its effect on the eyes. Even Pliny the Elder wrote about it: "If the eyes are weakened, they are strengthened again by looking at the emerald. The gentle green of the stone drives away dullness". Nero is also said to have worn an emerald as a monocle to strengthen his eyes, and it is even said of Cleopatra that she supported her beauty and youth by wearing emeralds. The emerald was already mentioned in the Bible and was considered in the Revelation of John as the fourth of the twelve foundation stones of the Jerusalem city wall.

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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.

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