In 1760 George Washington recorded the receipt of an invoice dated December 26th, detailing his latest purchases from London. Therein he listed "A pair 3 dropt Garnet Earings" bought from a jeweler named J. Grymes to grace the ears of his wife, Martha. Martha Washington was no stranger to garnet jewelry, having received a necklace and hair ornament the year before. In the eighteenth century, "dropt" earrings referred to earrings with removable dangling pendants. Prized for their versatility and elegance, the earrings could be changed to accommodate the occasion for which they were worn. More





  • Retailed - England
  • Possibly made - England


Gold, silver, garnet


Overall (E1): 1 3/8 in. x 1 in. x 1/8 in. (3.51 cm x 2.54 cm x 0.33 cm)
Overall (E2): 1 3/8 in. x 1 in. x 1/8 in. (3.51 cm x 2.54 cm x 0.33 cm)
Overall (E3): 7/8 in. x 5/8 in. x 1/2 in. (2.24 cm x 1.6 cm x 1.27 cm)


Gift of Mrs. Walter Gibson Peter, Jr. in memory of Agnes Peter Mott, 1975

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