A wonderful extremely rare pair of antique Arts and Crafts earrings by Liberty & Co of London, c1910. They have been crafted in 9ct gold (stamped on the screw back) and show four flashy Ceylon blue moonstones. I adore these stones and the way they flash from clear to the vibrant blue you can see in the images. A similar pair, also with a foliate design, was sold historically at the fabulous Tadema Gallery in London.
I have seen various Liberty pendants in a similar foliate design and so there are pieces I know of which these earrings will beautifully match. As we know, the hand crafted nature of these pieces mean you will most likely not get a symmetrical piece and that is the case with these lovely things. The design is the same on each, a small, round bezel set moonstone at the stud and then a double leaf and berry drop overhanging a mille grain set larger, oval moonstone. Same design and the stones on each earring are different sizes, meaning there are size discrepancies however, the small round stone on each has pretty much the same ratio to the oval on each. Very cleverly calculated to be in proportion-even though the sixes are different. It underlines and emphasises the naturalistic and organic nature of the earrings.
Most probably designed by Cuzner, they date from the 1900-1910 era. It is very rare to find such antique Liberty earrings, as usually one of the partners has been lost during the course of time. They are stamped with the gold mark of the era “9CT” on one of the screw backs. One earring measures as 2.4 in height and the other 2.5. They would make such a beautiful and precious gift for a bride too.
I shall send in a new gift box to keep them safe and will send by complimentary tracked and signed. Boxes in the images are for display only-thank you.