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Long Georgian Pinchbeck Earrings

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20-1-11553

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ABOUT THESE EARRINGS

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.

Details

Materials:
Pinchbeck, 15 Karat Yellow Gold
Length:
3 Inch
Width:
1/2 Inch
Height:
1/2 Inch
Gram Weight:
12.1 Grams
Period:
Georgian

Georgian Jewelry

True antiques, Georgian jewels are the earliest pieces in our collection. Lovely foil-backed stones in mixed-metal settings were made to shine by candlelight over dinner and in the drawing rooms of their genteel wearers. Many pieces were made in memory of loved ones or as “memento mori”—literal reminders of mortality that Georgians saw as sophisticated, rather than morbid. While the delicacy of Georgian era settings has been replaced by more modern methods, the cuts and styles have continued to fascinate jewelry lovers.

Jewelry Care

As with anything of value, especially sentimental value, taking good care of your vintage and antique jewelry from Lang will enhance its beauty and extend its lifespan. We encourage you to have your jewelry checked and cleaned by us or by your trusted local jeweler every six months, to ensure that each piece is in good wearable condition with all gemstones in place. It’s not uncommon for stones to loosen over time, and it’s much easier to tighten a loose stone than to replace a lost one! As stated in our Repair Policy, we strongly recommend that you allow us to perform any repairs, since our jewelers are specialists in restoring vintage and antique jewelry.

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