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Avant-Garde Seed Pearl Dangle Earrings by A.J. Hedges, Circa 1900

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20-1-12260

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ABOUT THESE EARRINGS

Founded by Andrew J. Hedges, Wallace M. Hedges, and John Obrig in 1877 in Newark, New Jersey, A.J. Hedges became one of the largest and most prominent manufacturers of Victorian Jewelry in the United States. These earrings, aptly named 'Avant-garde,' have an intriguing design that was somewhat 'outside the lines' of the styles around 1900. Evocative of boat sails, the angular openwork shapes are fashioned in 14K gold, the tops dotted with the tiniest of lustrous white seed pearls, while the lower halves are accented by a single pearl. Rare and wonderful, distinctive and delightfully different. Hand fabricated.

Details

Materials:
14 Karat Yellow Gold
Length:
1 7/16 Inch
Width:
1 Inch
Height:
1/8 Inch
Gram Weight:
5.9 Grams
Period:
Circa 1900
Maker:
A. J. Hedges
Gemstone Details Gemstone Details

58 Seed Pearls

Shape:
Half, Round
Measurements:
1.20-2.40 mm
Color:
Cream

About Victorian Jewelry

The eclectic Victorians didn’t limit themselves when it came to motifs and themes—if it struck their fancy, they turned it into jewelry. Sweet and sentimental with a distinct romantic streak, Victorian gems expanded upon their Georgian predecessors. The array of styles that blossomed (sometimes quite literally) during this era endure to this day.

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