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English 15k Gold Amethyst and Green Chrysoberyl Pendant Earrings

Made in England circa 1850, these 15K gold pendant earrings are set with amethysts and chrysoberyls. Each is designed an ovoid top suspending wirework spiral and leaf motifs, highlighted by collet-set oval faceted amethysts, and a flexibly-set open seed form pendant accented by a green chrysoberyl, flanked by coiling elements. These unusual, transitional earrings look back to the Georgian era for their choice of lively gems, and forward to the Victorian designers' love of movement combined with their wide ranging design aesthetic drawing from many traditions.

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Item #: ER-21023
Country: England
Circa: 1850
Dimensions: 2.25" length x 0.625" width
Materials: 4 oval-cut amethysts; 2 pale green chrysoberyls; 15K Gold

Pale green chrysoberyl was very popular in the Georgian period. Diamonds had been discovered in Brazil in the 1720s, and this led to the exploitation of the abundant colored stone deposits there as well. Green chrysoberyl - also known as Brazilian chrysolite - was in great demand in Europe from the late 18th century.