Victorian coral dangle earrings in 18 karats gold. Rare earrings composed of a coral bead in high part, supporting a rectangular element enamelled in black and adorned with six natural pearls. This element holds three pendants: an important coral drop framed by two mobile natural pearls. This coral has a beautiful intense orange colour and has “flame” growth lines that are clearly visible to the naked eye and typical of this organic gem. Antique earrings from the late 19th century, France.
Marked with a horse’s head (1838-1919)
Dimensions: 48 x 11 mm
Coral drop size: 20.5 x 7.16 mm
Note: The attachment system is a swan neck secured by a butterfly clasp (added later, in 9k gold)
Condition: natural inclusions in the coral, scratches from use
Weight : 8 gr
Gemological point: Coral is a gem of organic origin. Only the branched calcareous trunks of certain corals are used in jewellery. Its colour is due to organic pigments close to carotene: varying from blood red to white, passing by the pink “angel skin”. Currently, most coral species are protected under CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.