Here is an incredible antique brooch and earring set that is not only destined to be loved and admired, but will no doubt become a much treasured and loved family heirloom.
Dating from the 1880's, this gorgeous suite was made in 18 carat yellow gold and is so elegant and beautifully designed that on any outfit it will look superb.
To begin with, each earring is set with a mine cut diamond with the two diamonds totalling 0.26 carats, with the diamonds giving off a wonderful sparkle to capture the light. Each earring measures 18.2mm in diameter by 30.6mm to the top of the hooks, and are very comfortable to wear all the time.
And then to add to the charm of the earrings, a matching brooch will complete the picture. Again set with a mine cut diamond that measures 0.20 carats, the brooch measures 33.2mm in diameter and will look so elegant on any outift.
Complete with its lovely velvet lined box from the jewellers Adams & Hillstead, even well after 100 years have passed since it was made, this set still retains its elegant and sophistication and is a real testament to the designs and quality of a glorious bygone era.
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Antique brooch and earrings
This antique brooch and earrings suite is referred to as a demi-parure.
What is a demi-parure?
A demi parure is a matching set of jewellery that can be worn together and usually includes two or three pieces. These were often earrings with a matching brooch, or necklace with a detachable brooch as well as earrings. A demi-parure was so named as a parure is a full set with as many as seven pieces of jewellery.
This antique brooch and earring suite are set with mine cut diamonds:
What are mine cut diamonds?
A brief history on the mine cut diamond:
At the start of the 18th century, a great leap forward emerged with the “invention” of the new 58-facetted diamond. At the time, these were the closest resemblance to today’s brilliant cut. These are referred to as old mine cuts, or old miners. These were cut often squarish or cushion shaped, with quite a steep angle on the crown and pavilion, to maximise weight retention. As well as these features, the “old miners” often had quite a large culet or “collet”, the horizontal base formed by the blunting of a point when the stone is cut as a brilliant.
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