A superb pair of Victorian drop earrings featuring old European cut diamonds in buttercup settings surrounding oval mixed-cut rubies. The diamonds are separated with radiating lines of black taille d'epargne enamel. The rubies have a classic slightly purplish-red color with good intensity and eye-clean clarity. All rubies fluouresce in natural sunlight to some degree, and these rubies have a particularly strong reaction in bright sunlight, turning an intense red. The microscopic inclusions in the rubies indicate that they are unheated, and the probable source is Burma. The diamonds are F/VVS2. Tested and guaranteed 14K.
Origin: America, ca. 1890
- Condition: no damage to stones or enamel; replaced wires
- Dimensions: 11/16" diameter; 1" long from top of wire
- Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: ruby, .50 carat; diamond, .60 carat
- Weight: 5.8 grams