Exceptionally lovely antique rolled gold black onyx drop pierced earrings. So many beautiful elements.... Lovely shaped edge and chased designs, bezel-set black onyx with seed pearl accent, and larger than most of this era and style. Perfect size at 1-1/2" long. Very warm gold (almost a rose gold but more yellow than rose).
The earrings are likely mourning jewelry from the late 19th century. They have screw posts (the screw portion goes through 1/2 of the post, leaving 4mm depth for the lobe). They have two perfectly fitting screw clutches which were replaced through the years. In fact, they are unmatched (one is marked and tests 14K), and fit and screw on perfectly.
The earrings measure 1-1/2" long by 5/8" wide and weigh 5.3 grams for the pair.
Note: Rolled gold jewelry is a method of layers of fused plating. These earrings are well done (do not magnetize) and have a rich patina.
Lovely condition and so beautiful and romantic on.