Victorian Gold over Silver Black Onyx Earrings
Hand crafted Victorian mourning earrings with black onyx faces. These earrings were made exceptionally well. 12k yellow gold over 800 silver with no fading to front face and only slight silver show at ear wire attachment area. The face flower accent is held in place firmly by two wire attached to the back (please view photos) and shows no wear, chips or cracks. A maker's mark and silver fineness mark are stamped on the back of each earring. Ear wire with closure are in perfect working condition with NO breaks or bends. The floral motif and rope accent design clearly visible with NO wear. A fantastic piece of history that can be worn daily in comfort. Originally crafted in Germany as mourning earrings to show one's loss and grief. Any lady with a love of days past will love having these in their jewelry collection.
* 9k Yellow Gold over 800 Silver (stamped)
* Black Onyx Face
* 15/16" inch (right under a full 1") in length
* 9/16" inches wide
* Origin - Germany
* 4.88 grams
* c. 1880's - 1910
Onyx is a type of chalcedony, which is a type of silica mineral. The lattice of chalcedony contains fine veins of quartz and moganite. The word ‘onyx’ is derived from the Greek word for ‘claw’ or ‘nail’. The word refers to the flesh-toned variety of onyx, which may resemble a chipped off claw or nail if you find it lying around on the ground. Onyx is a balancing, grounding stone, particularly black onyx. It is thought to help stimulate the root chakra. Your root chakra is your grounding energy center. Other colors of onyx stimulate different chakras in your body, and are associated with different meanings as a result. Onyx helps to reduce the intensity of emotions, whether negative or positive, and balances conflicting energies and drives. It is associated with good fortune and judgment, and also with fidelity.
Marcasite got its name from the Arabic word for Pyrite and has gold like sparkles across. Its beads seem to be little somber, but its healing properties, call attention to themselves. The Chinese, Greeks and Mayans used marcasite for thousands of years due to it's calming effect. Marcasite attracts wealth and inspire creativity. It frees the wearing individual from the feelings of hopelessness, over-sensitiveness and help to re-calibrate, re-assess, re-design, release, and reincarnation. Being gentle with the wearer's body, it holds on the wearer grounded as well as balanced.