Monet Earrings Ruby Red Pear Crystal Chandeliers Vintage Jewelry
Who doesn't love vintage designer Monet chandelier earrings, especially in royal ruby red faceted crystal tear drops ? I can give you more than one reason to love these earrings.
The earrings are made of thick gold plated metal, are made for pierced ears, and are of exceptional quality. The faceted ruby crystals have open backs so passive light will add extra brilliance. They are an impressive vintage design, or an antique reproduction style.
I stress the word quality in describing these earrings because Monet doesn't make quality jewelry like this anymore. Go into a department store, look at Monet jewelry, and even at first sight it all looks like bubble gum costume jewelry, and I mean the cheap stuff you got out of a bubble gum machines in the 1950s.
These Monet signed earrings are, if you will, the last of the Mohicans. They were made sometime between 1989 and 1994, when Monet was owned by Crystal Brands Group. After 1994, the quality of Monet signed jewelry took a serious nose dive when owned by Chase Capital Partners and Liz Claiborne, as both farmed out production to Mexico, and I think China or the Philippines too. The quality before and after 1994 is easily discernable even to novice jewelry collectors.
I've kept these earrings safely stashed away for over 15 years and they have never been worn. Both earrings are in pristine microscopically clean new condition with no imperfections or flaws.
In common chandelier size, the earrings measure 3" long x 1" wide or 75 mm x 25 mm. The largest crystals are 10 mm long. Both earrings are signed Monet.
This is a photo of a new pair of very poorly made Monet earrings.
Is the difference not horribly obvious ?