Mid Century CIRO Pearl & Faux Diamond Earrings
All that glitters isn't gold
CIRO became famous in 1917 for selling the world's first cultured pearl. Natural pearls were extremely expensive and CIRO offered an alternative that were almost indistinguishable from the real thing.
CIRO jewellery started off as a mail order company. Customers would mail in an order form from their daily newspaper. It wasn't until 1920 that they opened their famous flagship store on London's famous Bond Street.
Cream coloured cultured pearls are hung from faux diamond encrusted silver settings. Each stone is carefully handset with delicate millegrain edging and pack a ton of sparkle. The stones are glass and sparkle just like the real thing - a signature CIRO secret formula. The pearls are original and are suspend from a loop at the base of the earrings giving them an extra bit of movement. The earrings hang from silver screw backs (I am able to change to french hooks on request). An extra bonus is they come in their original fitted box. The box has some wear on the inside as well as the outside which you can see in the photos.
HOW TO WEAR: Because of the fragility of the pearls, these earrings must be taken off when showering and stored in a damp-free environment. Care must also be taken that the pearls are not sprayed with any chemicals. So always best to put these earrings on last after all of your cosmetics, hairspray and lotions.
Condition: Excellent condition - While the box shows wear, the earrings look as if they just came off the shelf from the Bond Street shop.
Era: Date to late 1940s, early 1950s
Drop pearls measure 11mm x 6mm
The screw backs measure 12mm long x 6mm wide
The box measures 65mm x 65mm x 22mm
Famous SCP England signature on back of ear screw.
Materials: Faux cultured pearl, Sterling Silver, Glass Stones