Sunday, July 22, 2012

Aquamarine Crystal Earrings Petite Princess Cuts 1940s Vintage Jewelry $65

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These very fine quality vintage Aquamarine crystal earrings are designer signed and were made in the 1940s. The earrings are screw backs and are VERY petite. They measure just 1/2" long x 3/8" wide or 14 mm x 10mm.

This petite design is also known as a princess style, as they were originally made for special occasions for young ladies. The earrings are made of gold filled metal and the faces are plated with silver rhodium. The most admirable aspect of the earrings are the old world quality Austrian crystals and rhinestones. The faceted marquise Aquamarine crystals are brilliant true Aquamarine with reflective gold foil backs.

The small prong set clear rhinestones around the diamond shaped perimeters sparkle like real diamonds. This is because they are old Austrian crystals with a high lead content and also, were faceted in a myriad of tiny cuts.

These earrings are signed with a mark that I've never been able to identify. They read Patent 32 on one end and at the top end, a W with arrows on both sides, pointing towards the W. There were dozens and dozens of US jewelry manufacturers that started with W, but it is clear the construction and quality indicates the earrings were made in the 1940s.

Both earrings are in spectacular clean condition with no imperfections or flaws. The crystals and rhinestones are all original, present, and super sparkling clear. There is no loss of gold foil on the Aquamarines. There are no signs of metal wear or loss of original finishes.
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