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Purple Rain- Vintage Rhodium Plated Crystal Rhinestone Earrings. These lovely earrings are crafted from rhodium plate over metal. Featuring marquise and round-cut crystal rhinestones vintage styling, and quality craftsmanship. These hand-set crystals display beautiful blue, and purple colors . They feature a clip-on backing for pierced and non pierced ears. The earring have wonderful movement and sparkle like diamonds in different light intensities. These vintage earrings would compliment any special occasion gown or formal attire . So beautiful!  

History: Centuries ago, quartz pebbles with a high lead content were found sparkling on the banks of Europe's Rhine River. These beautiful, natural stones were highly coveted and were eventually depleted, inspiring jewelers to create an imitation, aptly named the "rhinestone."

Rhodium has been used as a coating for jewelry and silverware since the 1930s. It was also used as a plating for cigarette lighters and writing instruments during that time. One of the many companies that used rhodium plating was the Ronson Lighter Company, which produced many art-deco style items in the 30s.

The clip on earrings trend started in the early 20th century, when affluent Victorian women wanted to wear earrings but not have piercings. Believe it or not, the popularity of pierced earrings didn't rise until the 80's!

 

Measurements: Earrings 38.00 mm x 11.00 mm 

Stone Size: Crystal Rhinestones (Marquise) 7.00 mm x 4.00 mm   (Round) 6.00 mm - 3.00 

Weight: 8.00 grams 

Condition: Excellent 

Origin: America 

Date: Circa 1960

 

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