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Magnificent antique gold cased earrings from the Victorian era

Here are a fabulous pair of antique gold cased drop earrings that date from the Victorian era and looks spectacular on the ear and will no doubt always be admired every single time that they are worn.

Gold cased jewellery is also known as rolled gold and was first invented in Birmingham England in 1785 and was the process of having a a thick sheet of gold that was then soldered to a sheet of brass then rolled out to a thin sheet that was subsequently used for making jewellery. Being very hard wearing and durable allowed it to also be engraved and this process should not be confused with gold plating which although it can be very built up in thick layers, is not as hard wearing as gold filled.

These earrings measure 19.4mm across at the lower section by 48.8mm to the top of the shepherd hooks, and the inside sections are not only of a facetted design, but are also able to move independently from the outer section adding to the allure and charm of them.

With such an incredible design to them, these earrings will be suitable for any occasion day or night and always be loved and admired.


Stock# ES9427

Circa: 1880


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Magnificent antique gold cased earrings from the Victorian era

A brief history on gold cased jewellery:

Gold cased jewellery is one that is often overlooked today as it is thought of as the same as gold plating, however this technique of jewellery making goes back centuries and is much harder wearing than many people are aware of. Gold cased is also known as rolled gold and gold filled, and was first invented in Birmingham England in 1785. It is a process where a sheet of gold was soldered onto a sheet of brass which was then subsequently rolled out to a thin sheet to be used in the production of jewellery. While it is common to see see gold cased antique earrings, brooches and even bangles, rings are certainly the hardest to come by. Gold cased jewellery is so hard wearing and durable, that it could easily be engraved and still retain a thick layer of gold.

This wonderful technique has pieces lasting literally centuries and should not be confused with the "later" invention in the 1840's of gold plating, which although it can have the gold built up, was never as durable as gold cased jewellery.


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