XX Fine Large Antique Hardstone Agate Cameo Tear Drop Earrings 18k Gold French. Offered is an exceptionally fine antique pair of agate cameo earrings. The cameos each feature a female of nobility in fine period attire with high collars, jewelry and elaborate hair, with a tiny flower above each. They are very finely done with exquisite and crisp detail.
The top sections contain engraved fleur-de-lis. The frames are highly decorated in very fine gold work, roped and beaded Etruscan revival of 18k butter yellow gold. The agate pieces are a rare aqua blue green color.
These earrings were probably converted from hooks to posts and the posts and clutches are newer 14k. They are good sized at 2 1/4" by 9/16".Please note that these are HEAVY weighing in at a combined 23.9 grams. No damage to cameos, one very fine line above the head in one of the cameos visible with a loupe- and the only fault I can find with the frames is that one tiny bead appears to be missing on the top portion of one of the fleur-de-lis pieces at about 11:00, but it is only noticeable with close scrutiny. Faults are mentioned for accuracy, and do not affect appearance.
Very rich and exquisite mid Victorian pieces, and a rare find. Thank you for looking and please see my other listings for more cameos and vintage jewelry items both fine and costume. The item "XX Fine Large Antique Hardstone Agate Cameo Tear Drop Earrings 18k Gold French" is in sale since Saturday, December 29, 2018. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Cameos".
The seller is "grekkothis" and is located in Grand Blanc, Michigan. This item can be shipped worldwide.