PAIR OF EMERALD AND SAPPHIRE INTAGLIO AND DIAMOND EARRINGS, MID 19TH CENTURY
15,000 - 20,000 GBP
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Set with an octagonal step-cut sapphire weighing 3.48 carats carved with an intaglio of a crowned emperor, possibly Divus Augustus, and an emerald cabochon weighing 4.02 carats carved with an intaglio of a long haired figure in profile, possibly Apollo, each within a foliate scroll surround set with cushion-shaped and rose diamonds, hook fittings.
Cf.: Diana Scarisbrick ed., The Art of Gem Engraving from Alexander the Great to Napoleon III, Nishinippon Shinbun, 2008, pg. 264, no. 345, for an aquamarine carved with a comparable cameo of Augustus, wearing the pointed crown that conveys his shared lineage with Apollo, dated circa 1600.