These stunning pendant Retro (1935-1950) earrings features pear-shaped ±1.50ct Peridots surrounded by ±0.25ct (K-L S1) Single Cut Diamonds crafted in 14ct.
Details: ±1.50ct Peridots, ±0.25ct (K-L S1) Single Cut Diamonds, 14ct Earrings.
Dispatches from a small business in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Dimensions: H 2 x L 0.7 x W 0.6 cm.
Weight in grams: 4.
Condition: Very good condition – slightly used with small signs of wear.
At the start of the 1940s the jewelry arts were interrupted by the onset of World War II. Precious metals, especially platinum, were rare and in some instances forbidden to be sold. Palladium was substituted for the platinum being used in the war effort. In order to eek the most out of the available gold, a low karat gold alloy was used with a higher copper percentage. This resulted in gold with a subtle but distinctive reddish tinge, indeed through the cunning use of alloys, gold appeared in multiple colors within a single piece. Gold was manipulated in various ways; woven, braided and coiled. Resilla, cannetille and lacy filigree patterns reappeared in jewelry. Various textures were juxtaposed within a design putting matte finish next to bright to accentuate the design. Gold became the quintessential jewelry metal of the 1940s and 50s.
The golden green gemstone peridot is the gem variety of the mineral forsterite. Long valued for its exceptional color, peridot has been used in jewelry since antiquity.
From the mid 1800s, peridot was a favored stone in jewelry, reaching the height of its popularity during the aesthetic period of the Victorian era and the reign of Edward VII of England, who designated it as his favorite gemstone. Almost every school of the day – the Pre-Raphaelites, the Arts and Crafts movement, Art Nouveau as well as those working in the Edwardian style – incorporated this gemstone into their designs.
Single Cut Diamond
A single cut diamond has a large table and an octagonal girdle. The culet, or bottom edge of the diamond, may be pointed or it may be flat. A single cut diamond usually has 18 facets. The single cut is an extremely old diamond cut dating to the 1300s.
Because of the softness of pure (24k), it is usually alloyed with base metals for use in jewelry, altering its hardness and ductility, melting point, color and other properties. Alloys with lower carat rating, typically 22k, 18k, 14k or 9k, contain higher percentages of copper or other base metals or silver or palladium in the alloy. Copper is the most commonly used base metal, yielding a redder color.
H 2 x L 0.7 x W 0.6 cm
|Weight (in grams)||
Very good condition – slightly used with small signs of wear