Onyx Shell Pearl Earrings
Black and white was a cardinal color scheme of the Art Deco period. Stark and striking, diamonds, pearls and onyx were used extensively during the 1920s and 1930s to fulfill the fashion requirement of the day.
Jet black onyx has been artfully carved into different mollusk shell designs. Nestled within each of the two vertically suspended and articulated onyx shells rests a lustrous cultured pearl. These man-made pearls initially hit the world market around 1905 when Kokichi Mikimoto applied his technique for making perfectly round pearls by embedding a round bead into an Akoya oyster. The sleek black onyx contrasts remarkably with the glowing luster of the smooth round cultured pearl in creating a bold visual statement in a period earring.
Measurements: 1-3/8 inches (3.3 cm) in length by ½ of an inch (1.3 cm) in width. Has a weight of 3.7 grams.
Date: Circa 1920