Don't be afraid of the sawfish!

Playful earrings with natural pearls & diamonds in gold & platinum, around 1890/2021

"Well is the beauty bestowed upon pearls worthy that thousands of bold divers, coast-dwellers of the Persian Gulf, that the daring pearl-fishermen of Ceylon and Japan do not respect the terrors and dangers of the deep, do not shrink from an encounter with sharks and saw-fish, do not fear the fatal embrace of the polyps, to bring the pearl-shell lying on a gloomy sea-ground to the bright light of the sun!" With this small article, the Berlin illustrated magazine "Der Bazar" described the hardships of pearl fishing in 1888. At that time, the cultivated pearls common today were still unthinkable, for it would be half a human lifetime before the Japanese entrepreneur Mikimoto succeeded in growing cultured pearls on a large scale in shells over mother-of-pearl nuclei. A special pair of earrings with such naturally grown pearls we see here, where the pearls are especially precious processed: On golden brisures we see each a feathered leaf, worked in openwork and set all over with diamonds. Attached to them are small pendulums in each of which a fine, slightly drop-shaped oriental pearl shimmers. The caps of the pearls are also set with rose-cut diamonds and sparkle all around. The light cream natural pearls from the Persian Gulf, formed by shells without human intervention, are combined in this pair with a total of 138 small, sparkling diamonds weighing more than 1.58 carats in total. With every movement, the pendants go into an elegant swing, allowing the diamonds to sparkle once again. Our goldsmith made this pair from antique elements, the small leaves of the showpieces were part of an antique tiara of the years around 1890, which came to us incomplete, the pearls with their diamond-set caps of platinum came from the years around 1910 and came to us from London, but without a matching suspension. In combination, all the antique elements can now be given new impact. Golden earwires and new hinged bristles in high-carat gold were added by us. We have had a detailed appraisal made for the pair thus created, which is included with the purchase.

The greatest treasure and finest gift of the sea is the pearl. Formed over long years by the toil of the shell, it delights us with its luster, its wonderful, unique color and luster. In the years around 1900, real pearls, which mostly came from the Persian Gulf, were still weighed out with gold. It was only after the 1920s in Japan that pearls were successfully cultivated in shells that broader sections of the population were able to afford pearl jewellery, but from cultured pearls, not real pearls.

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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.