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Antique Verge Fusee and Faceted Moss Agate Earrings

$165.00

Description

These earrings feature 18th century, verge fusee gilded components with faceted moss agate drops.  The antique gilded pieces are each hand pieced and although similar in size, feature two different designs.  

Details and Materials

  • 2 3/4" long
  • one-of-a-kind
  • gold-filled ear wires
  • antique gilded metal 
  • gold-filled jump rings and wire
  • moss agate

Origin Story

The circular components in these unusual earrings began their life back in the late 1700's as verge cover (dust covers) for the inside of an 18th century pocket watch. Each cover was individually pierced, cut and chased in a workshop, then coated with a high karat gold gilding. Since these were individually handmade, no two pieces are alike.  When pocket watch technology advanced, Victorian jewelers salvaged the beautiful internal pieces and converted into jewelry such as hat pins, brooches, necklaces and bracelets.