Asprey-Victorian Rare French 18K Gold Natural Emerald Eagle Claw Lever Back Earrings (VICE045)

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Asprey-Victorian Rare French 18K Natural Emerald Eagle Claw Lever Back Earrings. These superb earrings are crafted from 18K gold, hallmarked 750 and tested 18K gold. The earrings feature two natural round cut faceted emeralds, Victorian era styling, and a French poinçon of an eagles head (French for the mark on the metal indicating its fineness or date mark) which is an eagle heading dating from Jan 1847 till July 1919, and quality craftsmanship. These exquisite earrings are made in the form of eagle claws. They showcase lovely engraved detail and the claws clasping two beautiful green emeralds The surmounts are French lever backs, which are secure and for pierced ears. These Victorian era earrings are articulated beautifully and display the perfect swing, which allows for some movement. Truly a wonderful rare pair of earrings to add to your antique jewelry collection. 

Note: Contemporary appraisals do not reflect the value of antique jewelry. It is recommended that theses antique French 18K gold emerald earring be insured for $2000.00 (Tax Excluded)

History: Emerald gemstones were mined in Egypt as early as 330 BC, but some estimate that the oldest emeralds are 2.97 billion years old. Cleopatra is perhaps the most famous historical figure to cherish emerald gemstones. She even claimed ownership of all emerald mines in Egypt during her reign.

Gold was generally used for a couple thousand years solely to create things such as jewelry and idols for worship. This was until around 1500 BC when the ancient empire of Egypt, which benefited greatly from its gold-bearing region, Nubia, made gold the first official medium of exchange for international trade.

France has had a long history of assay and other marks but the French Revolution led to a consolidation of hallmarks. By 1838, a simpler system of marks to guarantee the purity of a piece of silver was introduced. The first component of French hallmarks is the purity standard or guarantee.


Measurements: Earrings 32.00 mm x 6.00 mm 

Stone Size: Emerald .24 carats 

Weight: 3.10 grams 

Condition: Excellent 

Origin: France 

Date: Circa 1880

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