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VictorianBlue Enamel Diamond Starand Pearl Crescent Earrings

Moons and other celestial themes were popular throughout the Victorian period. One explanation for the fascination with the crescent moon dates to the 1870s with the discovery of the "treasure Vaults of Kurium". Within these tombs were jewels made of gold, silver, bronze, alabaster and gems that had been crafted more than 2,000 years before by the ancient Phoenicians. There was tremendous worldwide excitement surrounding the Cypriot discovery, and from the treasure vaults resplendent with crescent-shaped baubles, a trend was born. The crescent motif remained popular through the beginning of the twentieth century and was employed to make brooches, pendants, and earrings like these spectacular moon and star drops. These c. 1870 earrings are made in 18k yellow gold with blue enamel, bright rose cut diamonds and luminous seed pearls. Sold in original fitted box.


  • Materials

    18k yellow gold (tests), blue enamel, 2 2.6mm rose cut diamonds, seed pearls

  • Age

    c. 1870

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    1 1/4" length measured from the top of the ear wire, 5/8" at the widest point

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