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Long Georgian Pinchbeck Earrings



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Measuring a more than noticeable 2 3/4 inches long (they drop even a bit further from the ear wires), these fabulous ornate survivors from Georgian* England are wonderfully wearable and collectable treasures. Pinchbeck is something of a mystery metal bearing an uncanny resemblance to 18K gold. The original formula is attributed to Christopher Pinchbeck, an 18th century English clock maker. When at rest, these beautiful ear baubles reside in their original fitted box by Pearce & Sons Ltd, Goldsmiths, Leeds, York & Leicester.

15K ear wires. *The Georgian era spanned the years between 1714 and 1830, when the Hanoverian kings George I, George II, George III and George IV reigned over Great Britain. It is often extended by historians to include the relatively brief reign of William IV, which ended in 1837 with his death, ushering in the reign of Queen Victoria.


Pinchbeck, 15 Karat Yellow Gold
3 Inch
1/2 Inch
1/2 Inch
Gram Weight:
12.1 Grams

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Like fine wine, fine jewelry also has a “vintage”—the design period or era from which it hails. Victorian or Edwardian, Art Deco or Retro, each piece in our collection has its own special pedigree. But just because one era ended and another began, it doesn’t mean that creative jewelry makers simply forgot the lessons of the past! Many of the jewels in our cases refuse to conform to a single design period, either by striking out on their own or showing the transition from one era to the next. When such daring dazzlers are over one hundred years old, they’re generally grouped in the antique category. Anything younger than that, but still made before 1970, fits the vintage label. Every iconic era yields both singular and transitional pieces, like the ones we’ve assembled here. Follow the link at the end of each section for more about the aesthetics and history of the period.

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