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Antique-cut Diamond Pendant Earrings

These diamond pendant earrings are set in silver-topped 18K gold. Each is designed as a shield-shaped rose-cut diamond suspending a prong-set old European-cut diamond, approximate total weight 1.00 carat, framed by old mine-cut diamonds. With an approximate total weight of 2.50 carats of diamonds, these glamorous and wearable little jewels showcase various antique diamond cuts and their glittering interplay with white light.

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Item #: ER-20877
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 0.375" width x 0.25" depth
Materials: 2 old European-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 1.00 carat); 2 rose-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 0.1 carat); 20 old mine-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 1.4 carats); Silver-topped 18K gold
Signed: French control mark (on contemporary part)

While the modern round brilliant-cut diamond evolved to focus on diamond's capacity to reflect white light, earlier forms such as the rose, old mine and old European-cuts emphasized diamond's power to balance white light with scintillation and spectral fire.