SOLD Victorian 9ct Gold Malachite Drop Earrings
A beautiful pair of earrings from the Victorian period, c1870s. The earrings are likely to be Scottish in origin due to their style and use of malachite. They are made from 9ct gold and have wonderful chunky drops of this vibrant green stone hanging from oval set stones. The malachites show their wonderful natural grain and these earrings look fabulous hanging from the ear.
Scottish jewellery became popular in the Victorian period as Queen Victoria frequented Scotland and her Scottish castle, Balmoral. These are fairly typical of this style and it is lovely to find them in gold as more often, Scottish jewellery from this period has semi precious stones such as agate and malachite, set in silver.
Materials - 9ct Gold (tested), Malachite
Age - C1870s
Size - The earrings measure approx 40mm long. They are approx 12mm wide at their widest point.
Condition - Very good. There is a slightly artisanal quality about these earrings and the gold shows evidence of how they were made. One top malachite has a very tiny ding to one side; I believe this is original to the stone and note it for accuracy only.
Weight - 13.49g the pair. Fairly heavy, though comfortable to wear.