Made in the 1950s, these classic earrings feature 18 rose-cut pyrope garnets prong-set in 835 silver in a cluster motif. These vintage stud earrings from the Netherlands glow and sparkle in the sunlight!
The name garnet derives from the Latin word granatum, which means pomegranate. Garnet is the stone of fire, Mars, and Scorpio. The vibrant red hues of garnet associated it with blood in Medieval times and were thought to cure many circulatory ailments and aids the liver in expelling toxins. Garnet’s virtues are true friendship, passion, success, self-esteem, and fidelity, making it a famous stone for betrothal in past eras. They promote confidence, which made them a favorite gemstone for ancient warriors. Some even believe pyrope garnets are inside the Ark of the Covenant.
The earrings are in very good vintage condition with minimal signs of wear. The gold-wash has signs of wear, mainly on the backs, which you cannot see when you are wearing the earrings. The posts are stamped A (maker’s mark) and ZII (Netherland stamp for 835 silver). There are no chips or cracks in the garnets, and they are all securely set into the vermeil. There are a few tiny chips on the facet junctions under magnification, nothing eye visible. A GIA Graduate Gemologist tested the garnets.
The earrings measure 3/8″ tall and wide and weigh 2.01 grams. The box is for display only.
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