This antique, Victorian era gold earring stud is in the form of a mythical beast. Either a dragon or a Wyvern, it is carrying a sparkling old mine cut diamond in its mouth.
This makes perfect sense of course, because the dragon is known as a guardian of treasures. Not a bad little guy to have perched on your ear!
We've paired the craftsmanship and quality of antique and vintage jewelry with a modern approach to styling in creating this collection. Individually chosen, each antique or vintage stickpin or brooch has been converted to an earring stud. Most are 14 kt gold, 18 kt gold, or platinum with precious gems and all are set with posts in matching gold/platinum purity.
The attention to detail and one-of-a-kind design is not likely to be found in modern alternatives.
How it Works
Buy ONE - as a second earring to pair with your every day set of diamond or pearl studs, buy TWO - create your own set of bespoke earrings (one for each ear), MULTIPLE - create an earring stack.
Choose something with a symbol that means something to you (horseshoe for luck) or just because it is simply stunning. It's also a great way to add just a touch of edge or whimsy to your jewelry collection - e.g. mythical beast/Griffin. Check back to see what we add next!
Dragons, Wyverns, Griffins and other Mystical Beasts
Griffins, Wyverns (dragon's head and wings, a reptilian body, and a tail), Dragons, were popular motifs in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Jewelry reflecting these motifs were crafted mostly in yellow gold and often with diamonds or other precious stones clutched by claws or jaws in the form of brooches, pendants, and cuff links. See our blog for more on mythical beasts in jewelry and heraldry.
Dimensions & Details
- This single stud earring is 14 Kt gold (tested). It has been converted from an antique stick pin and set with a 14 Kt gold stud. There is a single old cut diamond at the center.
- Dimensions: 17mm wide by 11mm tall.
- Set with a 14 kt gold post back.
- Not known.
Period & Hallmarks
- Late 19th c.\early 20th c.
- Not marked.
- The earring is in very good antique condition (surface scratches which are not eye visible).
If you are interested in reading more about the jewelry terms or decorative periods referenced throughout our site, visit our Resources section for additional information.
Find out how to care for your collection of antique and modern jewels: visit our Jewelry Care page to get advice on maintaining and storing your treasured pieces.
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