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These would be Day earring in the Mid-1800’s; wires are handmade of 9 karat Rose Gold wires. The basket setting are set with hand cut natural Rock Crystal, measuring about 2 Carats in each earring.
Information on Natural Rock Crystal (From Wikipedia): The word "quartz" comes from the German Quarz, which is of Slavic origin (Czech miners called it křemen). Other sources attribute the word's origin to the Saxon word Querkluftertz, meaning cross-vein ore.
Quartz is the most common material identified as the mystical substance maban in Australian Aboriginal mythology. It is found regularly in passage tomb cemeteries in Europe in a burial context, such as Newgrange or Carrowmore in Ireland. The Irish word for quartz is grian cloch, which means 'stone of the sun'. Quartz was also used in Prehistoric Ireland, as well as many other countries, for stone tools; both vein quartz and rock crystal were knapped as part of the lithic technology of the prehistoric peoples.
The earrings are in great condition and strong to wear. The earring with the ear wires measure ¾ of an inch long. These are a great find with the natural Rock Crystal which is rearly seen in Earrings.