E603 Pearl and Gold Earrings in a Flower Motif Circa 1855:


The earrings were handmade by a goldsmith in Pre- Civil War time circa 1855; the gold is 15 karat yellow gold. The earrings are set with natural ocean pearls, with the top pearls are 5mm, the two middle pearls are 5 mm, and two dangle pearl is 4.75 mm in size in the earrings.

Pearl History:
Pearls played the pivotal role at the most important banquet in literature. To convince Rome that Egypt possessed a heritage and wealth that put it above conquest, Cleopatra wagered Marc Antony she could give the most expensive dinner in history. The Roman reclined as the queen sat with an empty plate and a goblet of wine (or vinegar). She crushed one large pearl of a pair of earrings, dissolved it in the liquid, and then drank it down. Astonished, Antony declined his dinner—the matching pearl—and admitted she had won.
Pliny, the world's first gemologist, writes in his famous Natural History that the two pearls were worth an estimated 60 million sesterces, or 1,875,000 ounces of fine silver ($9,375,000 with silver at $5/ounce). In the Georgian time period and much earlier, finding a valuable pearl requires as much luck as skill. And in their quest for both pearls and mother-of-pearl, people have sometimes taken extraordinary measures. For many centuries, divers for marine pearls had to outmaneuver sharks and other dangers to locate the pearl oysters they hoped would contain natural pearls.
The earrings and Pearls are in excellent condition. The earrings have the original wires, and they have been checked and are still strong and fine to wear.

Price: $675.00