Antique Verge Fusee and Rutilated Quartz Earrings

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These earrings feature 18th century, verge fusee gilded components with dagger-shaped rutilated quartz dangles.  The antique gilded pieces are each hand pieced and although similar in size, feature two different designs.  

Details and Materials

  • 2 1/2" long
  • one-of-a-kind
  • gold-filled ear wires
  • antique gilded metal 
  • gold-filled jump rings and wire
  • rutilated quartz

Origin Story

The circular components in these unusual earrings began life back in the late 1700's as verge covers (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.  

Rutilated quartz is a form of clear quartz characterized by the presence of rutile inclusions suspended within the structure of the quartz crystal that resemble fine hairs or golden needles.