Buttercups €1650

buttercup 5 petals
diamond buttercup earrings
Buttercup 6 petals
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RANUNCULUS REPENS

Buttercup, creeping crowfoot

Earrings

Made in Belgium

Approximately 1850

Unknown

Total diamond weight ca. 2.2 carats; Mirror cut or table-cut diamonds, 750/1000 pink gold 18 ct

20,4 x 14,9 mm

5,39 grams

Good. One of the diamonds is damaged in the corner, probably while the stone was originally set, around 1850

1650 EUR

 

 

 

 

These antique mirror cut diamond earrings were made in Belgium around 1850, set with table cut diamonds in 18 karat gold. The so-called spread table or mirror-cut stones, with a large tabletop facet and a pavilion bottom, were cut from shallow Indian diamond crystals, to retain as much weight as possible. At the time these earrings were made, diamonds were still rarer. It was only after the 1867 discovery of diamonds in South Africa that the supply of diamonds increased, to more than a tenfold in the following ten years.

The name I wrote on the ‘herbarium’ label of these antique mirror-cut diamond earrings is RANUNCULUS REPENS or buttercup, but I’m not sure in determining this flower with the unusual amount of six petals, as it can be a jewellers fantasy.
Usually, buttercups have five petals, but with six or more it’s getting more interesting; counting the buttercups with additional petals is after all a reliable method to estimate the age of grasslands.

Link for more information and about buttercups with more than five petals.

 

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