This delicate pair of French, blue enamel, gold and diamond earrings (circa 1950's) started off as a pair of cufflinks. We could not resist the small gold stars against the sea of royal blue with a diamond moon at the center. The enamel panel is framed in gold with additional etched stars. Hence the name – Starry Skies. We added 18 kt gold lever backs and a few additional diamonds (stars falling from the sky) linked to the ends to give them movement and additional sparkle.
To put it simply, enameling is the process of fusing a mixture of ground glass to metal through the application of high heat. It is a complicated process that requires great skill and training. A wide range of vivid colors can be created. Jewelers love the endless color possibilities and enjoy creating pieces that would not otherwise be possible through the use of colored gemstones alone. The French are well known for the quality of their enamel work.
Dimensions & Details
- The enamel and gold panels are a little over 1/2 inch. The total length of the earring is a little over 1.7 inches or 43mm.
- The earrings are comprised of gold, enamel, and approximately .12 carats of diamonds each for a total of approximately 1/4 carat. It is not possible to determine the grade of the diamond set into the center of the panel. The additional diamonds are VS1 clarity and G-H in color.
Period & Hallmarks
- Circa 1950's.
- The bar originally connecting the two panels of the cufflinks has French hallmarks.
- The earrings are in very good vintage condition. There is a slight mark on the back, where we have removed the cufflink connectors, which is imperceptible.
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