Antique Coral Drop Earrings circa 1820
These Georgian coral drop earrings look so gorgeous
The beautifully hand carved coral hangs elegantly from ornate gold fittings
These fabulous earrings look stunning when worn
- Earrings are 7.5 cm (3”) long from top of Shepperd’s hook
- Coral is 5 mm (2″)
- Tests 9ct gold
- Dates to circa 1820
- In excellent original condition
- Total weight 9.5 grams
- They come in the presentation box illustrated
- Our ref: 2314
Coral: Of all the organic gems, coral was the most versatile and was much used in antique gold jewellery. Coral is formed from the skeletons of millions of small marine animals known as polyps. Each distinct colour of coral has a unique name. White coral is known as Bianco, bright pink as Rosa Vivo, and deep red as Russo. Coral was very popular throughout the 19th century. During the 19th century coral of all colours was used extensively with gold and other precious stones in rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Dangle drop earrings were often worked with small facets and some etched and milled with criss-cross lines. Into the 20th century coral was mounted to contrast with precious and semi-precious stones such as chalcedony. onyx and rock crystal. A very important property of coral it that it can be worked and carved into many different and delicate shapes. Because of this coral was a great favourite of the Art Deco jewellers. The great jewellers famous for this were Cartier in France and Theodor Fahrner in Germany. Then after the war the batton was handed to the Italian jewellers such as Bulgari who produced many fabulous and highly individual pieces.
Caring for your Georgian coral drop earrings: Coral is delicate and so needs to be cared for and kept away from dust. The earrings should be stored somewhere safe and wrapped in tissue paper or soft cloth.