Victorian Coral, Pearl and Citrine, 14KT Gold Cannetille Earrings
This pair of pearl, coral and citrine earrings are a stunning display of Italy's cannetille fashion. The earrings are made of 14K gold and are composed of three sections wired together with beautiful gold work. At the top is a cannetille designed flower, with a pearl that has been wired into place with gold, at the center. A natural bright red coral bead falls from the flower and connects to a teardrop citrine gemstone with a glowing range of yellow to translucent tones. The pearls measure 1.7 mm, the corals are 4mm and the citrine gemstones are 11mm in size. The earrings fall about 1-1/2 inches down form the ear. Complicated cannetille gold wire work was in fashion in 19th century Europe, and coral was being brought to England from all over the Mediterranean via ship, from the coast of Italy. Coral jewelry was in fashion in the 1880's as Queen Victoria loved to wear it and during her reign popularized it. The Queen also used coral as an amulet- because it grows mostly rocky sea bottom, typically in dark environments- she thought it to be connected to life essence. Citrine gemstones were the preferred gemstone at this time in England making these the perfect earrings, fit for a queen. With immaculate gold craftwork of the Italian artists, these earrings are feminine and very romantic. A rare pair of earrings, these jewels from the Victorian era are perfect for adding romance to any evening dress.
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