Be bold! The symbolic Griffin is known for leadership, strength, resilience, and blends the best attributes of your inner most Lion and Eagle.
Here is a pair of Antique Griffin stickpins that have been matched and converted to earrings. It took me a few years to find this match. Although they are not identical they match in size. There has been much care to convert these to what you see today. The 14k gold hand forged ear wire is extremely comfortable to wear on a daily basis. I will provide a silicone backing to ensure you don't lose them.
Just to note the differences between the two Griffins; the 14k gold one has a patina that has not been polished but the 10k gold one has a gold wash that gives it the appearance of a higher karat gold than 10k. The 14k gold one has the griffin wrapped around a pearl and the wings are larger. The 10k gold has smaller wings and there is a diamond in the mouth of the griffin.
One of the griffins was a piece manufactured by a Newark Jeweler called Ailing & Co. Ailing & Co. were premiere jewelers from 1836-1905 manufacturing jeweler for designers like J.E. Caldwell, M.W. Galt, C.D. Peacock, Bailey, Banks & Biddle, and Tiffany & Co.
Here are the similarities: They are very close in measurements pertaining to the diamonds and the Griffins. They both face the same direction. They both have 14k yellow gold ear wires.
Gemstone: Natural Diamond
Measurements: 2 mm
Weight: 1= 0.033 cts
Color: J/KClarity: SI1/2 (facet abrasions on culet)
Cut: Old Mine Cut
Measurements: 2.3 mm
Color: white Dimensions: 15.9 x 14.8 mm / 15.7 x 13.7 mm (without the earwire)
Metal: 14k yellow gold and 10k yellow gold
Markings: 14A for Ailing & Co. / 10K on stickpin that was removed
Weight: 2.5 grams
Condition Rating: 8 (the stickpins were removed and 14k gold ear wires were soldered on)
Thanks for looking!!!
Art Nouveau Griffin Diamond and Pearl Earrings
Bracelets and rings get the most wear out of all the styles of jewelry. Make sure that your jewelry is professionally cleaned and your stones checked annually.
For gold rings, the higher the karat weight, the softer the metal will be, and the easier it will scratch. Frequent polishing is unecessary. Polishing your rings removes layers of metals and will thin it out through time.
The same goes with platinum, as it is a malleable and softer metal, yet denser, which makes it last longer. Platinum is also a white metal naturally and stays white, whereas white gold is yellow that has white alloys giving it a whiter appearance, but will never be as white as platinum.
For high value items, typically of $1,000, it is a good idea to have your pieces insured on your homeowners policy or with a separate insurer like Jewelers Mutual.