These elegant earrings date back to the 1940s/1950s and are great examples of the spray style. During the 1940s, when the use of platinum was prohibited for non-military usage and jewelers turned to platinum's close cousin, palladium! Palladium is a gorgeous and durable metal, but is much more labor-intensive (and expensive) to work with than platinum or gold, which is one of the reasons that it is not commonly used in jewelry today. Palladium is a lighter metal, making it perfect for creating substantial yet comfortable earrings like these. These spectacular earrings are 2" long and contain an estimated 1ctw of single cut diamonds (estimated G/H color and VS1-VS2 clarity), and two incredibly vibrant natural rubies measuring 5mm x 4mm and with an estimated total carat weight of 0.8ctw. The backs of these earrings are very secure and comfortable, and keep the earring securely in place on the ear. Each earring weighs 4.7 grams.