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Black Onyx and Seed Pearl Mourning Earrings, American 1870's

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20-1-2206

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ABOUT THESE EARRINGS

These 1870's Victorian Mourning earrings are composed of teardrop shaped and spherical faceted black onyx beads, coming together with 10 karat gold fashioning dramatic drops. The mourning style was popular in U.S. jewelry coincidentally during the American Civil War at the same time Queen Victoria was mourning her Albert in England. The dangles are accented with seed pearls and rose gold connections. Late American.

Details

Materials:
10 Karat Yellow Gold
Length:
1 1/16 inches
Width:
3/4 inch
Period:
Victorian

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