Tiny Demantoid Garnet and Rose Cut Diamond Cruciform Earrings

$1,550.00
About Details History
Discovered in the Ural Mountains of Russia in 1868, demantoid are exceptionally rare and are the most valuable of all garnet varieties. Demantoid translates to "diamond-like", because like a diamond, the gem exhibits great brilliance, fire, and dispersion. In fact, a demantoid garnet's ability to split the light shining through its facets into the full spectrum of rainbow colors surpasses that of a diamond. Demantoids were highly prized by the likes of Carl Faberge, who used them to decorate the jewelry and objects commissioned by the Czars. Tiffany's stone buyer, George Kunz, acquired as much of the gemstone rough as he could get his hands on during the mid to late 19th century, and as a result, the radiant gem featured frequently in Tiffany jewelry from this time. These petite cruciform Victorian earrings feature vibrant demantoid garnets accented with rose cut diamonds.

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  • Materials: 10k yellow gold (tests), silver, 8 x 1.8mm rose cut diamonds, upper demantoid garnets measure 1.8 x 2.1mm, lower measure 22 x 2.7mm
  • Age: c. 1860
  • Condition: Very good - these earrings may originally have been earring tops from which larger ear pendants were suspended; one earring has a remnant of a gold backing, the other is open
  • Size: 5/8" measured from the top of the wire, 1/4" width
  • Location: To see these earrings in person please visit our shop in Nolita, NYC.
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VICTORIAN (1837 - 1901) The Western world was thoroughly transformed during Queen Victoria’s epically long reign. New technology, urbanization, and industrialization created a middle class flush with disposable income, and for the first time, jewelry was mass-produced to sell to everyone. The Victorians were avid consumers and novelty-seekers, especially when it came to fashion, and numerous fads came and went throughout the 19th century. In jewelry, whatever fashion choices Queen V. made reverberated throughout the kingdom. The Romantic period reflected the queen’s legendary love for her husband, Albert. Jewelry from this period featured joyful designs like flowers, hearts, and birds, all which often had symbolic meaning. The queen’s betrothal ring was made in the shape of a snake, which stood for love, fidelity, and eternity. The exuberant tone shifted after Prince Albert passed away in 1861, marking the beginning of the Grand Period. Black jewelry became de rigeur as the Queen and her subjects entered “mourning,” which at the time represented not just an emotional state, as we conceive of it today, but a specific manner of conduct and dress. She wore the color black for the remainder of her life, and we see lots of black onyx, enamel, jet, and gutta percha in the jewelry from this time. Finally, during the late Victorian period, which transitioned along with a rapidly changing world into the “Aesthetic Movemement”, there was a return to organic and whimsical motifs: serpents, crescent moons, animals, and Japonaisserie designed for the more liberated “Gibson Girl”. During the second half of the 19th century, America entered the global jewelry market, with Tiffany and Co. leading the way. Lapidaries continued to perfect their techniques, and the old European cut emerged toward the end of the Victorian period. The discovery of rich diamond mines in South Africa made the colorless stones more accessible than ever before.
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About Details History
Discovered in the Ural Mountains of Russia in 1868, demantoid are exceptionally rare and are the most valuable of all garnet varieties. Demantoid translates to "diamond-like", because like a diamond, the gem exhibits great brilliance, fire, and dispersion. In fact, a demantoid garnet's ability to split the light shining through its facets into the full spectrum of rainbow colors surpasses that of a diamond. Demantoids were highly prized by the likes of Carl Faberge, who used them to decorate the jewelry and objects commissioned by the Czars. Tiffany's stone buyer, George Kunz, acquired as much of the gemstone rough as he could get his hands on during the mid to late 19th century, and as a result, the radiant gem featured frequently in Tiffany jewelry from this time. These petite cruciform Victorian earrings feature vibrant demantoid garnets accented with rose cut diamonds.

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  • Materials: 10k yellow gold (tests), silver, 8 x 1.8mm rose cut diamonds, upper demantoid garnets measure 1.8 x 2.1mm, lower measure 22 x 2.7mm
  • Age: c. 1860
  • Condition: Very good - these earrings may originally have been earring tops from which larger ear pendants were suspended; one earring has a remnant of a gold backing, the other is open
  • Size: 5/8" measured from the top of the wire, 1/4" width
  • Location: To see these earrings in person please visit our shop in Nolita, NYC.
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VICTORIAN (1837 - 1901) The Western world was thoroughly transformed during Queen Victoria’s epically long reign. New technology, urbanization, and industrialization created a middle class flush with disposable income, and for the first time, jewelry was mass-produced to sell to everyone. The Victorians were avid consumers and novelty-seekers, especially when it came to fashion, and numerous fads came and went throughout the 19th century. In jewelry, whatever fashion choices Queen V. made reverberated throughout the kingdom. The Romantic period reflected the queen’s legendary love for her husband, Albert. Jewelry from this period featured joyful designs like flowers, hearts, and birds, all which often had symbolic meaning. The queen’s betrothal ring was made in the shape of a snake, which stood for love, fidelity, and eternity. The exuberant tone shifted after Prince Albert passed away in 1861, marking the beginning of the Grand Period. Black jewelry became de rigeur as the Queen and her subjects entered “mourning,” which at the time represented not just an emotional state, as we conceive of it today, but a specific manner of conduct and dress. She wore the color black for the remainder of her life, and we see lots of black onyx, enamel, jet, and gutta percha in the jewelry from this time. Finally, during the late Victorian period, which transitioned along with a rapidly changing world into the “Aesthetic Movemement”, there was a return to organic and whimsical motifs: serpents, crescent moons, animals, and Japonaisserie designed for the more liberated “Gibson Girl”. During the second half of the 19th century, America entered the global jewelry market, with Tiffany and Co. leading the way. Lapidaries continued to perfect their techniques, and the old European cut emerged toward the end of the Victorian period. The discovery of rich diamond mines in South Africa made the colorless stones more accessible than ever before.
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