Marlene Stowe 18K Yellow and White Gold 1/3 Carat Diamond Earrings Estate BEST For Sale
This item has been shown 12 times.
Marlene Stowe 18K Yellow and White Gold 1/3 Carat Diamond Earrings Estate BEST:
I bought these beautiful earrings in an upscale estate sale in Boston in the 1970s. I confirmed with Marlene Stowe's son that she made these earrings. The body is 18K yellow gold with contrasting smooth and textured swirls on the surface. It's a nice warm color of gold. There is an area of 18K white gold in which clean white diamonds are pave´ set individually. The earrings are elegant, visible, and always get compliments. They look like Florentine work. Total diamond weight is a little over 1/3 carat for the pair. They are VS to SI quality. They have sturdy omega backs that click twice into a closed position and they are made for pierced ears, though the posts can be removed and the Omega backs can serve as clip-ons. So the earrings can be used as pierced or clip-ons.
They are about 1-1/8" long, about 3/4" wide and weigh about 25 grams for the pair. They are each stamped 750 for 18K and have tested as 18K and they are stamped M. Stowe, for Marlene Stowe. Marlene Stowe grew up in France, studied at the Sorbonne and started her design career on the French Riviera. A dress designer both in Paris and New York, she moved on to design jewelry. These must have been an early creation of hers, since I've had them for 20 or 30 years and bought them as estate pieces.
They have a lot of movement in their design, and considerable dimensionality. Because of the sparkle of the diamonds and the variegated textures and movement of the design, and their strong dimensionality, they bring a lot of attention to the ears. They're elegant, with the swirls, and also remind me of the Ram's Head designs popularized by David Webb, but a step above that, more sophisticated. With the 750 stamp, too, they would have been made in Europe. They have good solid construction and weight but because of the Omega backs the weight is well balanced on the ears and not too heavy, so they are comfortable.
They have a classic, timeless, look, and are lovely. Given the price of gold, these are even more timeless than ever; investments, too. I can't think of a more stunning present and if you buy them as a present.
Please consider marking me as a favorite seller so you can come back and check things out.Be sure to add me to your favorites list!
Take a look at my store.
Yes, I sometimes can take reasonable offers.
I request payment by PayPal in two days, but planned in advance of purchase, alternate payment methods and time payments can generally be arranged.
I generally ship same day. Domestic: FREE Priority shipping with Tracking always and Signature Confirmation included on shipments over $749.
International buyers pay actual shipping cost and are responsible for any customs fees their own countries may apply. Please discuss changing shipping method prior to purchase. My shipping defaults to Express International, which is tracked and insured, but I can use Priority Mail International. It's less expensive and is also tracked. First Class International is no longer offered by the US Postal Service. I charge the actual shipping cost and since shipping to each country may cost a different amount, I will charge a little extra and refund the exact difference once I can put your address in and print a shipping label. I am no longer shipping to Italy and China, but can make exceptions if you speak with me about it, especially if you are a prior customer.
Returns will be accepted for 30 days after your receipt for any reason and without question. Please let me know if you would like to return something. Returns must be in the same condition they were shipped. If I make a significant mistake in a listing I'll always give you a full refund. The 20% restocking fee does not apply when the mistake is mine. I care that you're happy and about my accuracy, and will always stand behind my work.My attributions are guaranteed for my lifetime.
When I include pages from published books in my listings it is in accordance with Fair Use Law, which permits the use of source material for discussion, reference, education and criticism.
Attributions on many of the old pieces of Native American jewelry are sometimes a moving target. All the books have errors, so in addition to counterchecking, I have developed some expertise over the years and I do care about getting it right, so as more information comes to light I update my listings and also get in touch with my previous buyers, to inform them of any changes in attributions. I am sincerely committed to ongoing accuracy.
Everything I sell comes from my personal collection or is something that I would include in my personal collection. Most pieces are museum worthy and gallery suitable, sold to you at great pricing. I vet every item carefully for quality and condition, and offer you the best. I want you to be able to rely on me for top quality, superb items that are often unique and rare examples of old antique vintage southwest, indian, native american and fine gold and gemstones, whether you're starting a collection or adding to one, or want something great to wear or gift. My goal is that all my buyers are delighted, that my special pieces find the right homes.