Lily Of The Valley - Estate Sterling Silver Peridot & Pearl Earrings (EE186)

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Lilly Of The Valley - Estate Sterling Silver Peridot & Pearl Earrings.  These exquisite earrings are crafted from sterling silver, hallmarked 925 for sterling.  Featuring 4 genuine oval peridot gemstones, 12 genuine seed pearls, Victorian Revival styling, and quality craftsmanship.  These beautiful earrings are for pierced ears and feature shepherd hook ear wires. The ear wires support a wonderful dangle, which exhibits curved scrolls, which are expertly set with vibrant green peridot gems and white seed pearls, displaying a silvery grey overtone.  These Victorian Revival earrings are true beauties for any jewelry collection. 

History: The fabled origin of Peridot stretches back to Ancient Egypt, on the volcanic island of Zebargad in the Red Sea. Peridot was so treasured by the Ancient Egyptians that they kept the island's location a secret. With the fall of the Egyptian empire, the island became lost to antiquity, and was only rediscovered in 1906. 

Pearls were presented as gifts to Chinese royalty as early as 2300 BC, while in ancient Rome, pearl jewellery was considered the ultimate status symbol. So precious were the spherical gems that in the 1st century BC, Julius Caesar passed a law limiting the wearing of pearls only to the ruling classes.

Silver was first found in large amounts around 5000 BC, when prehistoric people dug the first copper mines. ... Large-scale silver mining had developed in Anatolia by 3000 BC. This was to meet the demand from the first ancient city states, which used the metal as a common medium of exchange.

 

Measurements: Earrings 35.00 mm x 12.00 mm 

Stone Size: Peridot: 1.64 carat    Pearl 1.00 mm 

Weight: 2.90 grams 

Condition: Excellent 

Origin: America 

Date: 21st Century 

 

 

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