These old earrings are of Chinese origin, featuring an enclosed Qing Dynasty silver bell (called a crotal) depicting lotus flowers. The repousse design is on both sides and since these were hand formed of 800 to 900 silver, each is slightly different. These bells were amulets to ward off evil, often attached to babies clothing and sedan chairs. Mothers could hear a baby moving around and when a sedan chair came rattling by, you knew it was someone of means being carried and keeping demons at bay.
The earrings also have nuggets and beads of old mine Chinese turquoise and coral. The top post tests for sterling silver and is set with a genuine piece of Lapis.
The earrings measure 3/4 inch at the widest by 2 1/2 inches long. There's a tiny bit of verdigris at one bell's seam which would clean up but we like leaving the patina as is for those who prefer it unpolished.
These weigh 13.4 grams together. Excellent antique condition. This nearly exact amulet is featured in the book Four Centuries of Silver by Margaret Duda - page 85, figure 17 which shows examples of these Qing Dynasty amulets.
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Old Chinese Amulet Dangle Earrings 900 Silver Turquoise Coral Lapis