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French 18ct Gold Paste Dormeuse Lever-Back Earrings

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How divine are these French 18ct Gold Paste dormeuse lever-back earrings! Akin to two dainty flowers, these lovely ladies are comprised of two impressive Diamond Paste gemstones, nestled into traditional Victorian buttercup settings.

Dormeuse earrings were originally designed so they could also be worn at night, to avoid the earrings piercing into your neck whilst sleeping. This is why they were called 'dormeuse' translating to 'sleeper' in English. 

French hallmarks are a certain sign of quality, so you can be sure that these Victorian earrings are authentic beauties! 

Item Details:

ERA: Victorian, c.1860

MEASUREMENTS: Earrings are 20mm long x 12.5mm wide.
Paste are 7.5mm in diameter.
Weight: 4.6g 

MATERIALS:  Sterling Silver settings, 18ct Gold lever-backs, Paste.

STAMPS & HALLMARKS: Horses head French hallmark on lever-backs. A hallmark used in gold jewellery or jewellery containing gold parts. It was used between 1838 and 1919.

PACKAGING: Your order will be gift-wrapped free of charge in a Lillicoco cardboard box made from recycled materials, tied with a ribbon.


VERY GOOD-EXCELLENT. These French 18ct Gold Paste dormeuse lever-back earrings are offered in wonderful condition. The Paste gemstones catch the light beautifully with their open settings, there is some very minor surface wear to both gemstones but this is only noticeable under close inspection. There is a slight wiggle to both of the Paste stones but be assured they are still secure within their settings. Both the Sterling Silver and Gold have retained a lovely shape and luster throughout. Due to their grand age, it's worth noting that these earrings can no longer be slept in and must be removed before swimming. Both lever backs are in perfect working order and can be comfortably put in through the back of each ear lobe. The hooks are of substantial thickness, so that is something to be aware of when buying these earrings. A sublime pair of Victorian earrings ready to be worn and enjoyed for years to come!


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This item will arrive beautifully gift wrapped in a Lillicoco presentation box, tied up with a pink ribbon. You’ll also receive a handwritten information booklet and free polishing cloth too!

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