Black onyx stud earrings in gold or silver.
The little black dress of jewelry, black onyx earrings are a wardrobe essential!
A traditional mourning stone, onyx has long been used in fine cameo and intaglio carvings.
Typically banded with alternating white and deep brown or black, onyx was perfect for carving contrasted scenes. Onyx jewelry is found in many museum collections.
Many gems are treated to enhance their appearance before being sold, and black onyx may be one of the oldest examples of the practice. Pliny the Elder described the blackening of onyx by boiling it in sugar, then submerging it in an acid. Most black onyx today has been color treated in some way to change it from a banded brownish stone to deep black. While we don't normally sell dyed gems, the color of black onyx is remarkably stable with no fading or bleeding and it has a fascinating connection to history.
If you prefer undyed stones, black spinel and black tourmaline are two great options - and of course there's always black diamond!
Made with ethically sourced, genuine gems, expertly hand-set in recycled precious metals in our small, rural Oregon studio. Our studs are renowned for comfort and quality that stands the test of time. Support clean luxury and set yourself apart with these small-batch and limited edition earrings.
Additional images: Gold broach with onyx cameo, ca. 600. The Fall of Phaeton, Adolphe David (1828–1896). Both from the Met Gallery collections.
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