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1910s Simulated Alexandrite Earrings (side view)
1910s Simulated Alexandrite Earrings (detail)
1910s Simulated Alexandrite Earrings (backside)
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1910s Simulated Alexandrite Earrings

1910s Simulated Alexandrite Earrings (on white background)
1910s Simulated Alexandrite Earrings (side view)
1910s Simulated Alexandrite Earrings (detail)
1910s Simulated Alexandrite Earrings (backside)
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A pair of Edwardian earrings with very large "alexandrite" stones that shift from grayish teal to violet depending on the lighting conditions. The mountings are beautifully handmade in 14K gold. Alexandrite was discovered in Russia in the 19th century and was prized for color-changing properties and scarcity. In the early 20th century a convincing simulant was invented by growing synthetic sapphires and lacing them with vanadium, which produces the color changing effect.

Materials

14K Gold and Simulated Alexandrite (synthetic sapphire laced with vanadium)

Date

1910s

Condition

Good. Ear wires are replacements

Size

Total Drop: 1.5"
Stones: 15.5mm Diameter