These one-of-a-kind earrings feature gold-filled links from an Art Deco-era necklace and floating goldstone dangles, c. 1950. The glass liquid filled orbs have small nuggets of sparkling goldstone, like wearing mini snow globes on your ears!
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Glass orbs with floating stones were first created in 1920, when Horace H. Welch, at the time a mechanical engineer, invented the floating opal. Small chips of the stone were suspended inside of a glycerin filled glass casing. After his patent expired in 1949, a variety of manufacturers jumped in to create different versions of "floating" stones. The patent expiration and improvements in production capabilities increased the availability and popularity of this type type of jewelry during the 50s-70s.
Goldstone is a glittering, synthetic stone made from a mixture of silica, copper oxide and various melted minerals. It is also called adventurine glass. The origins of goldstone are contested, but some claim it was first created in Persia centuries ago. Others credit the 17th-century Italian family, the Miotti’s, as the original creators. Some stories even claim that monks attempting to create gold concocted the stone by accident ("adventurine" is based on the Italian work "avventurina" (from avventura, "adventure" or "chance"). Goldstone was widely used in jewelry during the Grand Period of the Victorian era (1861-1885) and is still manufactured today.