Precious croissants

Vintage half moon earrings with diamonds in white gold, Italy circa 1980

Marie Antoinette, a daughter of the Austrian Empress Maria Theresa, is said to have brought the crescent-shaped croissants from Vienna to France in the 18th century. In the queen's new home, the pastry, originally made of yeast dough, was soon modified ("improved", every Frenchman would say) and later renamed after the crescent shape of the waxing moon (croissant de lune). This is how the croissant got its name. Particularly precious croissants are the sparkling moons here. The pair, which was made in Italy in the years around 1980 and came to us from a Hamburg family, shows particularly beautiful diamonds: Weighing a combined total of about 1.32 carats, the gemstones sparkle themselves white as a sheet with no discernible inclusions. The settings, pin and fuses are made of high-carat white gold to eliminate even the slightest risk of incompatibility. As such, these moons glow with a bright, heavenly light. The plugs are in first-class condition and evoke pleasant associations.

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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.