A Pair of Natural Pearl & Diamond Drop Earrings
A stunning pair of natural pearl earrings. Set with two slightly baroque drop shaped saltwater natural pearls suspended from a platinum mount with additional old-cut diamonds. The earrings have a simple screw back fitting. The pearls are accompanied by an SSEF certificate. Circa 1910s.
Part of the allure of pearls is their origin. Unlike so many other precious stones which are unearthed from the ground, a pearl is birthed from the sea. Just as the goddess Venus was meant, according to myth, to have been born upon the waves. The similarities between Venus and pearls were far from accidental. Analogies with the Goddess’ luminous and pure skin with the lustre of a pearl were overt in Ovid’s Metamorphosis (see book V).
The major historic source of pearls has been the Persian Gulf. Fresh water pearls are far more precious than cultured pearls, as rarely do two pearls emerge the same: And yet their beauty is consistently entrancing. Their iridescence glows like the moon-light. The moon is another frequent comparison to pearls within mythology in European, as well as other cultures. A natural pearl is exactly that, natural. Its beauty requires no elaborate cutting, polishing or heat treating to release their extraordinary gleam. Like most rare and shiny objects they have been incorporated into jewellery to denote status and power. Queen Elizabeth I of England was particularly fond of pearls, commissioned dressed densely embroidered with hundreds and thousands of pearls. For those born in the month of June, you will be pleased to hear that pearls are your birth stone.
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