victorian onyx and 14k gold chandelier earrings


The Story

A pair of big, bold, and dramatic Victorian era chandelier earrings in 14 karat rosy-yellow gold.  Each earring has 10 pieces of bezel set onyx in different shapes and sizes.  The oval centerpiece has a bezel set seed pearl with four leaves radiating from the center.  Three hanging teardrop shaped pieces hang down giving them movement and swing.  They hang on a hinged kidney wire hook and at 2.23" in length, they have a bold and powerful feel. 

During Queen Victoria's long reign, her beloved husband Albert passed away throwing her into an 80 year mourning period in which she exclusively wore black.  This created a new wave in the way people dressed, extending to jewelry, where onyx and jet were often used to create pieces like this. 

If you're looking for a statement pair of earrings, look no further than this chic pair!

  • Style number: R648
  • Victorian (1836-1901)
  • 14k rosy-yellow gold
  • Onyx with 2 seed pearls
  • Height 2.23", width 1.16", depth 1.1"
  • Dangle earrings with hinged kidney wires
  • Very good antique condition, consistent with age and wear. The backs show signs of old solder work (common for a piece of this age and type); however, with wear showing on the back, we do not feel it detracts from the overall beauty or durability of the piece.

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