These Fine Victorian Pietra Dura earrings are in spectacular condition. The micro mosaic inlay of these hand cut stones are set in 18k yellow gold. Most likely of Italian origin, the stones that have been inlaid are onyx, turquoise, malachite, agate, and coral. The safety catch for the ear wires are hinged and slide securely over the ear wire for security.
Dimensions: 34.50 x 18.5 x 4.3 mm - includes earwire / 21.7 x 18.5 mm without ear wire
Metal: 18k yellow gold
Weight: 9 grams
Condition Rating: 8 (solder shows on the underside where the gold frame holding the inlay is set into the square frame of the earring)
Fine Victorian Pietra Dura Earrings in 18k Yellow Gold
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.