Victorian Diamond Cluster Earrings
Cute pair of antique round cluster earrings set with an unusual collection of early brilliant cut diamonds: a mix of 'Mazarin' and 'old single cut' stones. The earrings themselves date from the Victorian era, circa 1880, crafted in 9ct gold with silver prongs, while the diamonds were likely cut in the late 17th century and total around half a carat.
The stones are noteworthy in their own right on account of the cut and their relative scarcity, especially in jewellery of this era. The Mazarin cut (or double brilliant cut) was developed in the 1650s, an evolution of the table cut and a precursor to the old mine. Extra facets were added to the crown and pavilion (17 on each) to reflect light back through the stone increasing its brightness (brilliance) and making it the first true brilliant cut. Because bruting (the shaping of the diamond's profile from square/rectangular to round or cushion) had yet to be perfected, the stones have pointed corners unlike the old mine cushions or the old European rounds.
The diamonds set in these earrings were very likely repurposed from an older piece of jewellery, a practice still common today when stones that have been passed down generations are re-used in more fashionable/wearable pieces.
Era: Victorian circa 1880
Size: 15.0mm by 10.5mm
Stones: Mazarin & old single cut diamonds - total weight approx.
Marks: None, tested as 9ct gold and silver
Condition: Good antique condition. Stones are older than the settings. Some tarnish to the metal behind the stones and the central prongs are somewhat deformed (possibly part of the design?) - see images.
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