An outstanding pair of Victorian coral torpedo drops with sumptuous button tops. I have handled many pairs of Victorian coral earrings, but none with the sharp, excellent simplicity of this pair. If you've enjoyed a look at our Georgian Chalcedony torpedo earrings, what is so lovely about these Coral drops is that they detail the progression of the classic 19th century torpedo shape; whereas the chalcedony pair from the 1820's shows a dormeuse top, and conical fitted hold for the drops to attach to these tops, these instead favor an invisibly set button top, and chain drop, insisting on the continued opulence of the earring in its full form whenever worn. Circa 1870, and a magical, near mint example of this very coveted 19th century idea. I could not imagine a more picture perfect example of a Victorian earring.
This pair of earrings drop 1.75" and look beautiful with any neutral look, day or night.
Materials and Features: 12ct gold, coral
Age/Origin: Victorian, c. 1870
Measurements: 1.75", 5.5 grams
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
A note on coral:
During the Victorian era, wearing coral was thought to promote good fortune and health. The deeper meaning of coral leads back to ancient Romans. Poseidon used coral in his palace, making coral a prominent component of mythology. The Romans believed in the luck of coral, which was a sentiment revived by the jewelry of the Victorian era.
Coral is one of the very few organic gemstones. It consists of a mass of skeletons of tiny marine invertebrates that once lived in a colony attached to rocks or other objects on the ocean floor. The variety of coral that is of interest to jewelers and mystics is referred to as “precious coral” and varies in color from blood-red to very pale pink.
Please view and inspect any photos closely. We endeavor to fully disclose all condition information clearly and concisely, however, please note that what qualifies as excellent condition for historical jewelry differs from modern and contemporary pieces; please take the age of the piece into account when examining the piece. Minor age wear is typical and to be expected for antique and vintage jewelry. Unless otherwise stated, gemstones have not been officially graded for color, clarity, or treatment by GIA; any information provided is our own educated, professional assessment.