This devine pair of 18 carat gold, platinum and diamond earclips, made by Mellerio in Paris in the 60's. Each naturalistically shaped earclip is set with 16 brilliant cut diamonds, set in platinum.
Mellerio, or in full Mellerio dits Meller is the oldest firm of jewellers in Europe and still active today. An unbroken line of fifteen generations has led the firm in Paris since 1613. Around 1780 the family firm acquired a royal client who was to prove crucial to their subsequent success. The story has it that the then fifteen-year-old Jean-Baptiste Mellerio stationed himself beside one of the entrances to the Palace of Versailles with his father’s wares. One of Marie-Antoinette’s ladies-in-waiting was enchanted by his jewellery; she told the queen, who was delighted with it too. From that day on, the firm has supplied jewels to many royal houses including the Dutch royal family
Signed Mellerio Paris and numbered 512, with maker's mark and French control marks for 18 carat gold and platinum. Total weight diamonds c. 2 carats.