3. Pair of Indian, Enamelled Gold Earrings set with Large Golconda Diamonds, Pearls & Emeralds
enamel, gold, diamond, pearls and emeralds
length: approximately 6.7cm, width: 2.2cm, combined weight: 61g
This spectacular pair of gold earrings is set with many large Golconda diamonds in kundan settings, as well as having multiple fringes of suspended pearls with tiny emerald bead finials. The sides are enamelled with green, and the reverse of each is decorated with red and green flowers against a white enamel ground.
Each comprises a large flower form beneath which is another flower in more elongated form, with each petal, and the centres, set with large diamonds.
The backs have later post and clip additions (in gold) allowing the earrings to be more easily worn in a contemporary setting.
The earrings come from the princely city of Hyderabad, where much high-quality courtly jewellery was produced and through which most Golconda diamonds, mined in India, passed.
The earrings are in excellent condition. There is some rubbing to the enamel as might be expected.