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Past Era Victorian Dia Gold Dormeuse Earrings with Etruscan Revival Coach Cove



A pair of Victorian diamond dormeuse drop earrings, with 14K yellow gold Etruscan Revival coach covers. Circa 1870. Dormeuse is French for "sleeper"; the leverbacks on dormeuse earrings are so comfortable that this type of earrings was often slept in. They are earrings that you will literally never take off. Coach covers were worn in the Victorian period to cover diamond earrings for daytime wear or travel. Travel coaches were often robbed, which is where the name is derived from. The covers snap on over the diamonds, obscuring them from view while appearing to be a daytime earring. The Victorians were so clever! The Etruscan Revival of the nineteenth century was part of a larger Archaeological Revival. Victorian jewelers were inspired by the ancient jewelry found in unearthed Etruscan tombs from the sixth and seventh centuries BC, replicating the granulation and forms using modern techniques. Earrings contain two Old Mine-cut diamonds (total carat weight: 3.09 carats [1.51 carats and 1.58 carats], color: I-J, clarity: VS1-2). Dimensions: Diamonds measure about 1/4" in diameter; coach covers measure 1/2" in diameter


  • Metal
  • Stone
  • Weight
    3.09 ct
  • Dimensions
    Diameter: .50 in. (12.7 mm)
  • Style
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Circa 1870
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Houston, TX
  • Reference Number
    Seller: G94351stDibs: LU299842382

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