Here is such a versatile suite of jewellery referred to as a demi-parure, and is so beautiful to admire from afar and just amazing when you look more closely at it.
A demi-parure is a matching set of jewellery that can be worn together that usually includes two or three different pieces of jewellery, and in this set dating from the Victorian era, is a lovely pair of earrings and a brooch.
Made in sterling silver in the 1890's, the brooch measures 32.5mm in diameter and has a locket compartment in the back for a photo, and the earrings 16.6mm across by 30.5mm to the top of the shepherd hooks.
Not only do the brooch and earrings have such an attractive floral design, but they are highlighted by not only rose gold but green gold. Today green gold is sometimes made by adding silver to the gold, however the green colour is more a soft green-yellow colour. However years ago cadmium was added resulting in a stronger colour. While never a strong green such as yellow or white gold, the tone of green in antique pieces is more pronounced especially when set against sterling silver such as in the suite.
Complete with its original box, this is a lovely example of antique jewellery that can be worn together, or separately depending on the occasion, and always get the admiration that it deserves.
Antique brooch and earrings
Antique brooch and earrings in sterling silver and highlighted with rose and green gold.
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.
What is green gold?
Gold is alloyed with other metals that results in producing different colours. Rose gold is made by primarily adding copper to the gold when being alloyed. This results in a lovely warm tone to it. Today green gold is made by adding silver to the gold. However the green colour is more a soft green-yellow colour. Years ago cadmium was added resulting in a stronger colour. While never a strong green such as yellow or white gold, the tone of green in antique pieces is more pronounced especially when set against sterling silver.
Where to buy antique jewellery in Sydney?
At Kalmar Antiques in the Queen Victoria Building where we have been dealing in antique jewellery and watches for over 35 years.
Click here to see more antique earrings that is currently in store:
Click here to see a small selection of antique brooches that are currently in store:
Click here for a link to the beautiful and historic Queen Victoria Building where we are the only antique jewellery store in the building: