We have similar Mid Century and Onyx items, including a matching brooch, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Listing Description by: Dylan L. Markings : Unmarked, Tested, and Guaranteed. Gram Weight : 9.1 Grams.925 Sterling Silver With a Faded Gold Wash. Main Stone Measurements/Color : Measures 14.6 mm in diameter, Opaque deep black hue.
Accent Stone : Mother of Pearl. Accent Stone Measurements/Color : Measures 6.8 mm long by 5.4 mm wide, Opaque iridescent white hue. Stone Treatment: The stone(s) appear to be untreated, but we are not certified gemologists.
Stone(s) have been tested and guaranteed using a professional Presidium Duo refractive, heat, and hardness tester. Stone Cuts : Inlaid Cabochon Cut Onyx, Inlaid Oval Cabochon Cut Mother of Pearl.
Item Measurements : The earrings measure 1.03" long measured from the tops of the earrings to the bottoms of the earrings by 0.89" wide. Earring Backing Style : Post Backings For Butterfly Backings. Your jeweler can easily convert these to the preferred backing style you desire.
These earrings will need butterfly backings to be added to the earrings in order to be worn properly. For Pierced or Non-Pierced Ears : Pierced. The earrings were made in a geometric motif. The sterling silver is fairly tarnished in some areas, which adds to the character of the item. These earrings had a gold wash which has faded greatly.
These earrings will need butterfly backings added to be worn properly. The post backings are extremely bent but are still wearable. The price of this item has been reduced to reflect this. This listing is for the item only. The Mid-Century era, 1935 to 1965, encompassed many new styles of art and architecture and this carried over to jewelry making.
This exciting time for jewelry saw movements such as Hollywood Regency, Modernism, Brutalism, and the Atomic Age. Native American artisans were also making their mark in the jewelry industry. Artisans used many kinds of metals, gemstones, glass, and experimented with ceramic and wood as well. This era was filled with new and innovative designs, while also rejuvenating and reinventing older styles.
The unique jewelry which emerged from this era is still very popular today. The Mid-Century Modernist style became a movement in art and jewelry in the 1940s, right after World War II, and peaked in the 1950s. The use of multi-colored metals became very popular due to wartime restrictions on certain materials; it was not uncommon to have brass, copper or gold-alloy accents with silver backgrounds.Mid-century Modernism is marked by clean lines and bold, abstract geometric shapes. Onyx is a chalcedony quartz gemstone that is found all over the world. It usually has a fine texture and black color; however, some onyx also displays colored bands or ribbons against a black or brown background. Red onyx is quite rare and desirable and is also known as sardonyx. Onyx that has a deep green shade is known as Brazilian green onyx and is very rare.
It became a popular stone for sculpture and jewelry in the 1920s and 1930s. The name comes from the Greek word onyx which means nail of a finger or claw.
The word onyx comes from the Greek word which can be translated as nail of a finger or claw. In Greco-Roman myth, the goddess of beauty, Aphrodite, lay sleeping when Eros cut her fingernails and left the clippings scattered on the ground. Because no part of a heavenly body can die, the gods turned them into stone which later became known as onyx. Mother of Pearl is a beautiful type of organic mollusk shell lining that is made up of nacre, the same substance that coats pearls.
It is a strong, iridescent material that is well suited to decorative arts, and has been used in art, jewelry and even architecture for thousands of years. Mother of Pearl is highly prized for its distinct, multi-colored pearlescent glow. The item "Antique Vintage Mid Century Modern Sterling Silver Mother of Pearl Onyx Earrings" is in sale since Saturday, February 23, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Art Nouveau/Art Deco 1895-1935\Earrings". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado.This item can be shipped worldwide.