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Earrings! Finally!

Discussion in 'Antique and Vintage Jewelry' started by PreRaphaelite, Jul 20, 2019.

  1. PreRaphaelite
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    by PreRaphaelite » Jul 20, 2019
    So I’ve been earring-less for several weeks. And with my small (read: zero) budget, there were slim pickings. But I found these in an auction, and crossed my fingers (and toes, and eyeballs, etc) and bid and won. Been dying to share but wanted them in my greedy little fingers first, just in case they were as awful as the online pics. Surprise! They’re great. 9ct rose gold, all original, and the 4.5mm paste (glass?) is good enough for now, and will be replaced eventually with some semi-precious-something-or-others, probably amethyst. Sorry no ear shots yet.

    Behold ye, my new studs! I am dancing for joy today!

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    And the ‘gang’ all together:
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    Thanks for looking!
     
    


    


  2. missy
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    by missy » Jul 20, 2019
    Beautiful.:love:
    We do need ear shots just so you know. 8-)

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  3. junebug17
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    by junebug17 » Jul 20, 2019
    Oh I love these! Great find! They're beautiful :love:
     
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  4. PreRaphaelite
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    by PreRaphaelite » Jul 20, 2019
    Thank you!
    Here’s an ear shot, first as they really are in plain clear glass, and then with some color options. Thoughts?

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  5. JPie
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    by JPie » Jul 20, 2019
    Gorgeous find! Those look beautifully made. I like them as is!
     
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  6. missy
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    by missy » Jul 20, 2019
    Love them on you just as they are. Beautiful.:love:

    I don't care for the amethyst in the setting but the tourmaline is nice. The tourmaline is complementary in color to the setting vs the amethyst which IMO clashes.
     
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  7. kipari
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    by kipari » Jul 20, 2019
    Oh my, those fleur de lys prongs are tdf !!! Great buy @PreRaphaelite, wear them in good health
     
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  8. AV_
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    by AV_ » Jul 20, 2019
    Love these... I would leave the stones as they are, white & neutral.

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  9. Ontheblackrock15
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    by Ontheblackrock15 » Jul 20, 2019
    So pretty!! :kiss2:. I'd also leave them as it - they look great!
     
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  11. Rubymal
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    by Rubymal » Jul 20, 2019
    They're gorgeous! Love their setting. Yes, I agree with everyone. I like them as they are. Beautiful!
     
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  12. RunningwithScissors
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    by RunningwithScissors » Jul 23, 2019
    Beautiful! It will be fun taking your time and deciding what gemstone to select for the insides and then being on the hunt for the perfect ones. And I looooove your new earrings' screw backs.

    Years ago I had a diamond stud earring (non screw back) fall out and my ex-husband go so angry with me for losing my earring (yeah, he was an @rsehole). It was such a scaring experience that now I only wear screw backs. And they can be difficult to find. So you found some winners!
     
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  13. PreRaphaelite
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    by PreRaphaelite » Jul 23, 2019
    @RunningwithScissors I’m sorry to hear that you were treated that way - I hope you straightened up, walked to the front door and shouted


    NEXT, PLEASE


    There’s so much love in the world! Glad you didn’t settle for less!
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    by PreRaphaelite » Aug 10, 2019
    Updated to show these, now set with OECs. The local jeweller is backed up with orders and said it would take two weeks before I could get them back. So I stared at them for a while and then in a fit of pique, set them myself.

    Technically these stones are smaller than the paste but it doesn’t matter really. For me it’s all about the settings.
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  19. StephanieLynn
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    by StephanieLynn » Aug 10, 2019
    Wow, you set those yourself?! They look great and very flattering on!
     
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    Thanks!
    It helps when someone else has already cut the seats into the prongs.
     
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    by StephanieLynn » Aug 10, 2019
    I guess but I wouldn't be brave enough to attempt that even with the seats cut so you get majore respect here.
     
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    by stracci2000 » Aug 10, 2019
    Yay!!! Awesome job, @PreRaphaelite! They look great:love:
    Screw the jewelers--we can do it ourselves!!!
     
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    by Gracielouwho » Aug 11, 2019
    Love this look and I can't believe you set them yourself! Would you mind giving the stats on your oec's? They are beautiful!
     
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    by PreRaphaelite » Aug 11, 2019
    Thanks! They’re definitely OECs, but have good symmetry and are less top-heavy than I expect old cuts to be. They are 4mm each, weigh a total of .55, estimated as H/I color, one of them has fluorescence and the other has a well-hidden and microscopic carbon, estimated clarity VS and SI respectively.
     
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    Thanks! I love them and I especially like how the setting really accents them!
     
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    I hear lots of people on here say they got something at auction. Do these tend to be online auctions and if so, are they platforms other than ebay? I'd love to expand my search lol
     
  28. PreRaphaelite
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    For diamonds I can’t recommend eBay or other online auctions because of the all-too-common inaccuracies, whether intentional or not.

    Pawn shops, however, have been lucky for many PSers. They are not for the faint of heart. Do you have a good one near you?

    If you give us details (budget and size desired, etc) we can help you find a pair.
     
  29. Gracielouwho
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    I'm thinking something 4mm in diameter or larger (preferably oec) though I dont think I'd need anything larger than 1 karat (at least not much larger). I'm open to a range of colors and clarity can depend on types and locations of inclusions. I think diameter and sparkle matter most (and we all know clarity affects sparkle). Basically, I'm looking for something that speaks to me but i never have any idea what that's going to be until I see it. I've seen a few pieces on here that have done that for me but alas, they werent for sale and perhaps would have been out of my budget if they had been. I'm also interested in value (or a good deal), what you get for the money. I could see myself spending 2-3k depending on the specs, the piece, and how I feel about it (especially if it's a good deal).
     
  30. missy
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    by missy » Aug 12, 2019
    Wow nice job. Looks amazing on you.:love:
     
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