Simple. Elegant. Classic. The combination of black onyx and sterling is the “little black dress” of the jewelry world! Whether it is intricately carved into an intaglio, faceted as a gemstone, or polished into a smooth cabochon, onyx has been prized for centuries for its beauty and adaptability.
The stone was used in early Egypt to create bowls and other ceremonial vessels. And, it was highly coveted for jewelry making by the ancient Greeks and Romans. Onyx even appears in the Bible!
Today, black onyx remains a favorite material for top jewelry designers and firms like David Yurman, John Hardy, Ippolita, Judith Ripka and more. Naturally, celebrities and trendsetters alike have taken notice. In fact, some of the most highly praised looks from the 2015-2016 “awards season” included the use of black onyx jewelry. (My top pick was acclaimed actress Halle Berry’s stunning look at the 2016 Academy Awards which included a shimmery black and silver Versace gown with Adeler Jewelers’ drusy, onyx and diamond earrings.)
If you would like to get the same look (without the hefty price tag) onyx is easy to incorporate into your wardrobe and, because it’s so simple, mixes well with other stones.
Personally, I like onyx best paired with silver. And, the Black Onyx Drop Earrings from Stera Jewelry, pictured, are a perfect example. These earrings take the beauty of a 6 mm black onyx cabochon and showcase it within a free form “nest” of textured, oxidized .925 sterling silver.
The earrings also feature a nice dangle that is just the right size (about ½” or 1.5 cm). And, they have a wonderful secure latching back (so appreciated if you have long air like mine, that often gets tangled in drop earrings).
These unique, artisan earrings complement any outfit from weekend casual, to business wear, to a night on the town. You will reach for these earrings again and again.
Get gets yours for only $39.90 on Amazon. And, while you are shopping, please be sure to take a look at some of the other striking pieces available from Stera Jewelry. Some of my favorites include the graceful Sterling Silver Teardrop Filigree Earrings and the Antique Look Blue Fire Opal Round Pendant. Of course, Stera Jewelry has so many beautiful options, you are sure to find a few more must-haves of your own.
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PHOTOS: Black onyx and sterling earrings image used with permission by Stera Jewelry.
DISCLAIMER: No financial compensation was received in exchange for this post. I did, however, receive a promotional sample of the black onyx and sterling earrings mentioned above in order to fully evaluate the product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers.
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