E569 Mid-Nineteenth Century, 15 karat Gold "Chandelier" style Earrings” with Pearls:


The handmade setting of 15 karat yellow gold, tested. This pair is set with 11 seed pearls that are natural ocean pearls in each earring. Six pearls in the settings are 3 mm each and the five dangling pearls are 3.2 mm each, the largest pearl is in the post settings which is 5 mm in sizes.

Pearl History:
Pearls, in fact, played the pivotal role at the most celebrated 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 small seed pearl was desired by England and the Eastern United States. We 21st Century people take a lot for granted when it comes to gems and pearls and fine jewelry. In the 18th and 19th
The earring has the original post wires but replaced gold backs. The earrings measure 1 1/2 of an inch tall and 1 of an inch wide. The earrings and seed pearls are in excellent and strong to wear, they have a lovely elegant Victorian look.

Price: $900.00