E573 Beautiful Garnet and Moonstone Gemstone and Blue Enameled Earrings set in Gold;


This pair of earrings is handmade of 9 karat yellow gold and 15 karat gold wires. The Cabochon Garnets are 1.50 carats each and are surrounded with 10 cabochon natural Moonstones. Earring in of the Victorian period are hard to find because not every woman would pierce her ears and all earrings were pierced until the late 1800s when screw back earrings came in as an alternative. There are 3 heights to the earrings, the garnets and their bezels are the highest levels, next is the Moonstone and their hand engraved level and the bottom engraved level is the enameled with hard blue hand enameling. The earrings have two dangles on each earring to show movement.
Garnets were the most used gemstone in the Victorian Era and in the Language of Gems meant “Virtue and Fidelity in Every Engagement.”
Also set are 10 cabochon 3 mm each in size.
In the Victorian language of gems, the Moonstone represents “Pensive Beauty."
Moonstone Lore:
Few gemstones have accumulated as much lore and romance as moonstone. This unique gem with the distinctive milky shimmer has been known for thousands of years and has been revered by many cultures.
According to Hindu legend, moonstone was formed from moonbeams. At one time it was believed that if you held one in your mouth during a full moon, you would see your future. In India, moonstone is still regarded as a sacred stone and is widely believed to bring good fortune.
The ancient Romans also associated moonstone with the moon and speculated that the gem was formed from drops of moonlight. They considered the gemstones as possessing those properties traditionally associated with the moon romance, femininity, intuition, dreams, and emotions.
George Frederick Kunz, in his famous book The Curious Lore of Precious Stones, tells the story of a famous moonstone that allegedly displayed a white point that changed shape and size in accordance with the waxing and waning of the moon.
In many cultures, moonstone is strongly associated with love. It is a highly prized gift for lovers as it is thought to arouse tender passion. Lovers who possess moonstone are said to be able to foretell their future life together. According to one legend, two people-wearing moonstones will fall passionately in love when the moon is high.
Many cultures have believed the moonstone to be a calming, healing stone. Due to its feminine associations, it has also been said to increase a woman's fertility.
Moonstone also has a historical connection with travel. Once known as the "Traveler's Stone," it was used for protection against the perils of travel.

Moonstone is a variety of the feldspar-group mineral orthoclase. During formation, orthoclase and albite separate into alternating layers. When light falls between these thin layers, it is scattered producing the phenomenon called adularescence. Adularescence is the light that appears to billow across a gem. It is written that in Pompeii the sidewalks were paved with Moonstone to illuminate the light of the moon, Ancient "street lights."
They have French gold wire backs with a safety hook for pierced ears. The circa date is 1860, which is just before the American Civil War started. There is a little abraiding on the garnets and a scratch on the back of one earring. Overall very good condition and strong to wear.

Price: $595.00