The Onyx & Marcasite Collar Pin is a mourning brooch in sterling silver set with a single piece of stunning onyx and dozens of tiny marcasite chips. Despite its 100+ years age, there is no damage to the pin, and all of the marcasite chips are accounted for. The pin measures just over 2.75 inches across, a perfect example of the style. A stunning example of an early 20th century classic.
According to classical myth, Eros clipped the fingernails of his mother, the goddess Aphrodite, as she slept. The fates turned these clippings into stone, thus the name “onyx” derived from the Greek word “onux” for “fingernail.” Originally, all colors of chalcedony were referred to as onyx. The Romans later narrowed the definition to just the black or darkest brown stones.
Onyx enjoyed a surge in popularity during Queen Victoria’s 40-year period of mourning following the death of Albert. Her all black, all the time wardrobe made jet black onyx the perfect choice for royal jewelers. This quickly filtered down through all levels of British society.
Material: Onyx, marcasite, sterling silver (.925 silver)
Era: Early 20th century (estimated)
Artist: Unknown (unhallmarked)
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