Retro Teardrop Diamond Earrings (2.50ctw)(Vintage)
When we can learn about our pieces and where they’ve come from, it really makes our day. We’re not always able to get the stories and understand the history of a piece, but sometimes we get lucky. We’d like to introduce you to Wilma Virginia Holland. She was an African American woman, originally from Blacksburg, South Carolina, living with her husband and children in Brooklyn in the 1950s. Wilma knew a few things about good taste. She worked for Abraham & Straus Department store and retired from there later in life. Through her connections at the store, she was able to acquire lovely things for her family, her home and herself: velvet custom curtains, fine linens, sliver, crystal and china. She entertained often and her children were always well dressed. A woman of style, she was always dressed to perfection herself and had acquired a few pieces of fine jewelry to complete her ensembles. These teardrop diamond earrings were hers. And we can almost envision her wearing them.
What We Love About Them:
Their simplicity and understated elegance. These would be perfect with almost any style of dress for a bride, but could easily also easily be worn out to dinner or to an elegant evening out. To say they are sophisticated and timeless is to state the obvious.
The earrings, crafted in 14kt white gold were manufactured around the 1950s. Each earring consists of 16 round full cut diamonds (approx 1.50ctw) graded between SI1 – I2 and I-J in color. The earrings culminate at the top of the teardrop shape in a single diamond. One earring hosts a diamond estimated at .50cts and is an I1/H. The other earring hosts a diamond estimated also at .50cts and is graded at I1/I. Both are round brilliant early transitional cuts. The earrings measure 27mm x 14mm and weight in together at 4.9g. They have post backs and the earring nuts/backs are replacements and untested, but thought to be base metal.
Whether you’re a bride looking for perfect, timeless, wedding jewelry or you’re a woman looking for a classic sophisticated statement piece, these earrings won’t let you down.