Early 20th Century Diamond Cluster Earrings

Antique diamond cluster earrings, set in oxidized gold. The primary stones weigh approximately 1.3 carats. Each stone is surrounded by 10 additional old mine cut diamonds, weighing approximately 2 carats in total weight. Qualities range from J-K color and Vs2-si1 clarity. Approx. 4.6 carats in total weight. Circa 1900.

Old mine cut diamonds were cut for gas and candle light and omit a darker romantic sparkle. While the precision faceting of modern stone’s main objective is to refract as much white light as possible.  A 19th century diamond was cut to preserve as much weight as possible and often follow the same shape as the rough diamond crystal as it was pulled from the ground.

Gold posts and earring backs. Measure .50" in diameter.