Estate Art Deco Onyx and Diamond Earrings
Because of short hair and close-fitting hats (cloche) around the ears, women’s necks were fully exposed in the ‘roaring 20s.’ What better way to highlight one’s style than with earrings that swung, dangled and sparkled?
Onyx grew popular in the 1920s and 30s because it could be dressed up or down easily. These earrings evoke a floral yet formal feel, with two large inverted tear drop shaped onyx suspended from a domed flower, whose petals are adorned with rose cut diamonds. It is likely these earrings were only worn in the evenings and on special occasions.
Cushion Cut Diamonds
The top of each earring features antique cushion cut diamonds bezel set in platinum and further set into circles of black onyx for a dramatic contrast. The jeweler was likely trying to mimic designs made popular by Cartier during the Edwardian Era.
Silver colored metal was in fashion in this era, but a newly discovered platinum mine in 1924 meant that the wealthy could follow this trend while maintaining their social status. Platinum does not fade, discolor or require re-plating.
Interesting note: Black and white jewelry, known as ‘mourning jewelry’ became popular after the sinking of the Titanic (true story!) These earrings were certainly designed to take multiple trends and combine them into a one-of-a-kind piece.
1 in stock
- 1920’s art deco
- Platinum and 14 karat rose gold
- 6 bezel set, antique cushion cut diamonds
- 30 rose cut diamonds
- Diamonds are 2.25 carats total weight
- Diamonds are I-J color, SI clarity
- Earrings measure approximately 2 inches long
- Friction backed posts