Victorian 18k 11.40 CT Sardonyx Monogram Earrings in Etched Bezel Settings
Victorian 18k 11.40 CT Sardonyx Monogram Earrings in Etched Bezel Settings
Victorian 18k 11.40 CT Sardonyx Monogram Earrings in Etched Bezel Settings
Victorian 18k 11.40 CT Sardonyx Monogram Earrings in Etched Bezel Settings
Victorian 18k 11.40 CT Sardonyx Monogram Earrings in Etched Bezel Settings
Victorian 18k 11.40 CT Sardonyx Monogram Earrings in Etched Bezel Settings
Victorian 18k 11.40 CT Sardonyx Monogram Earrings in Etched Bezel Settings
Victorian 18k 11.40 CT Sardonyx Monogram Earrings in Etched Bezel Settings
Victorian 18k 11.40 CT Sardonyx Monogram Earrings in Etched Bezel Settings
Victorian 18k 11.40 CT Sardonyx Monogram Earrings in Etched Bezel Settings
Victorian 18k 11.40 CT Sardonyx Monogram Earrings in Etched Bezel Settings
Victorian 18k 11.40 CT Sardonyx Monogram Earrings in Etched Bezel Settings
Victorian 18k 11.40 CT Sardonyx Monogram Earrings in Etched Bezel Settings
Victorian 18k 11.40 CT Sardonyx Monogram Earrings in Etched Bezel Settings
Victorian 18k 11.40 CT Sardonyx Monogram Earrings in Etched Bezel Settings
Victorian 18k 11.40 CT Sardonyx Monogram Earrings in Etched Bezel Settings
Victorian 18k 11.40 CT Sardonyx Monogram Earrings in Etched Bezel Settings
Victorian 18k 11.40 CT Sardonyx Monogram Earrings in Etched Bezel Settings

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Victorian 18k 11.40 CT Sardonyx Monogram Earrings in Etched Bezel Settings

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General Information:

  • Total Carat Weight: 11.40 ctw
  • Precious Metal Weight: 5.25 dwt
  • Precious Metal Material: 18k yellow gold etched bezel frames and 10k yellow gold kidney ear wires (later additions)
  • Dimensions: The discs measure between 21.80 mm to 21.90 mm in diameter including the gold bezel frames. These earrings are about ~30 mm overall length from the top of the hooks to the bottom of the bezel frames.
  • Weight: A very impressive 8.17 grams
  • Markings: The reverse of the etched bezel frames are both stamped with "18" indicating their 18k gold composition (also been tested for verification).
  • Era: The carved sardonyx monogram circular tablets are believed to date to the 1870s-1880s, while their conversion from cufflinks into earrings (specifically, the addition of the 10k kidney ear wires) likely dates to sometime between the 1960s and the 2000s. Without knowing their exact provenance, we cannot determine a more definitive conversion date range than this.
  • Buyer Notes: This pair of earrings are remarkably well made, and are a bespoke pair with literally no exact comparables on the market at the time of listing. These began life as a pair of cufflinks (indicated by their scale, size, construction and by the fact that the monograms are correctly legible (since the letters are not mirrored versions of themselves, we know that this pair was never intended to be used as wax seals, as many carved stones were at this time-- confirming their original use as decorative accessories rather than utilitarian accessories). Note that some solder and patina exists to their rears, which we have chosen to leave as-is so as to preserve their historic integrity.

Specifications:

  • Center Stone Type: Chalcedony-sardonyx (a kind of banded agate akin to black onyx, but with more iron deposits which cause its reddish coloration)
  • Center Stone Count: Two (2)
  • Center Stone Carat Weight: 5.70 ct by formula per the specific gravity of sardonyx
  • Center Stone Dimensions: About 18.00 x 18.00 x 2.50 mm, as measured within setting and as mounting permits 
  • Center Stone Shape: Hand carved circular disc tablet
  • Center Stone Color: Sardonyx is naturally banded, ranging from rusty red at the base, to semi-translucent milky whitish in the middle and orangey-apricot at the top. This ring shows the red and white layers. Please reference the photos to assess the stones' chromatic characteristics.
  • Center Stone Clarity: Semi-translucent

The Story:

Cleverly converted from a pair of antique gentleman's cufflinks, these earrings now present as a chic and unique drop earrings. These sardonyx monogram tablets are housed in matching 18k etched and polished yellow gold bezel mountings, which are their original 19th century settings, secured in placed by bowtie-shaped backings affixed to their reverse. In their nascence, these two cufflinks were likely part of a set complete with coordinating shirt studs, altogether boxed in a specially made fitted box. Though the rest of the suite is no longer with this pair, these links have been lovingly transformed so that they may continue to be worn and enjoyed.

Sardonyx has been a preferred favorite material for cameos, seals and monograms for virtually thousands of years, as it is strong and durable, easily carved without compromising the stone's integrity, and particularly notable for its banded (and thus, dually chromatic) effect. A highly skilled, highly trained artisan crafted these sardonyx stones, as indicated by the outstanding evenness in carving the top whitish layer of each tablet; both discs are quite beautifully matched, uniformly carved between the two, the lettering carefully incised with amazing exactitude. The etched bezel frames are equally lovely, both frames punctuated with matching pyramidal shapes and linear hatchwork to emphasize their round shape.

These three letters may be combined to form six different sets of initials: LBC, LCB, BLC, BCL, CLB and CBL. Are you the lucky owner of any of these sets of initials? While we may never know for whom this monogrammed pair was originally made, their immense beauty and superb craftsmanship are undeniably attractive and make for a striking statement, even after well over a century and a half of life.

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