In the later years of the Victorian Era the focus was on jewellery for the neck and wrists, and not at the ears. Consequently earrings from this period are quite small – absolutely perfect for everyday wear in contemporary life. This pair date to about 1890.
Made in bloomed 18ct yellow gold, with a rope border of 18ct rose gold and set with a seed pearl in a starburst setting. The earrings have no hallmarks but have been XRF tested to verify the metal as 18ct gold.
They fix to the earlobe with a slender hook wire at the back, which can be cleverly fastened shut with a loop at the bottom of the earring that slips up over the wire.
The earrings measure 13mm in diameter and weigh 1.6 grams for the pair.