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Art Deco diamond drop earrings made in 14 carat gold

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Art Deco diamond drop earrings made in 14 carat gold

Art Deco diamond drop earrings made in the 1920’s.

These elegant vintage diamond earrings were hand made in 14 carat white gold during the Art Deco period of the 1920’s. Each earring is set with three rose cut diamonds and one round early brilliant cut diamond, and sit perfectly on the ear.

The rose cut diamond is one of the earliest cuts of diamonds, dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries. The rose cut diamond resembles a rose bud, comprising of a flat base with a number of triangular facets arranged in rows above each other, meeting at a sharp point in the centre.

First manufactured in India, this cut was perfected at the diamond cutting workshops in Antwerp and Amsterdam, and was very popular during most of the 16th and 17th centuries, and is still often found in later Victorian pieces of jewellery all the way to Art Deco jewellery.

Because the base of the diamond was flat, stones were sometimes foiled back to improve the brilliance of the stone. This was achieved by applying foils or tints to the base of the stone.

For a number of years, diamond cutters experimented with variations of the rose cut, resulting in some truly amazing cuts, such as the Dutch rose, half-Dutch and the boat- shaped rose.

Art Deco jewellery is as popular today as when it was made and remains the most popular era for engagement and wedding rings. With designs that were also influenced by the discoveries in Egypt, resulting in jewellery called “Egyptian revival”, Art Deco jewellery is as beautiful as it is exciting.

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