Today I am selling an fabulous pair of Victorian 14k gold and onyx mourning earrings. The onyx drops are shaped like reverse pagodas, becoming wider towards the bottom, which ends with a shallow point. Two horizontal rows of seed pearls set in gold accent the front of the drops. A loop connects the drop to the top, which is fronted by a narrow triangle in black enamel and lined with a vertical row of seed pearls set in gold. Behind the triangle is a shepherd's hook that was soldered on at a later time. The earrings are not hallmarked, but the hook and the triangular section both acid test positive for 14 karat gold.
CONDITION: Excellent for their age. All pearls are intact with a uniform off white color and minor nacre wear, except for a darker one at the end of the top row on one earring. Flea bites around the edges of the onyx but no chips or cracks. One earring has chips to the enamel on the corners of the triangle top. Very little tarnish to the 14k gold.
CIRCA: Mid Victorian era
MEASUREMENTS: almost 1 1/2 inches long and a little over 5/8 an inch at its widest; total weight is 9.5 grams