Black Beauties

Fine chrysanthemum earrings made of onyx & antique diamonds, from our workshop

Especially in the 18th and 19th century it was common to express feelings through flowers. However, the "language of flowers" is much older: Already in ancient Egypt, certain meanings were attributed to different flowers. The Chrysanthemum is also a flower with meaning: in its native Japan it enjoys the status of national flower. The Japanese imperial throne is known as the "Chrysanthemum Throne" and the imperial coat of arms features a stylised Chrysanthemum. This veneration is hardly surprising, as the chrysanthemum is considered a symbol of good fortune and prosperity due to its long flowering period in Japan. In Victorian England - and from there in other parts of Europe - the Chrysanthemum expressed the desire for happy togetherness. When someone gave a chrysanthemum, they meant "my heart is free". Chrysanthemums were also popular motifs in jewellery. These ear studs are a lovely example of this: two chrysanthemum blossoms individually cut from deep black onyx each show a sparkling small old-cut diamond in a delicate dimple setting at their centre. We have provided the cut onyxes, which came to us unset from the old stock of a gemstone dealer, with mounting and ear nuts made of gold and set antique old-cut diamonds in them, so that the meaningful blossoms can now be worn as stud earrings.

We want you to be 100% satisfied! For that reason, we examine, describe and photograph all of our jewellery with the utmost care.

You can rely on our years of experience in the trade and our expertise as a professional art historians for reviews of the antique jewellery. As a member of various trader organisations and the British Society of Jewellery Historians, we remain committed to the highest possible degree of accuracy. In our descriptions, we always also indicate any signs of age and defects and never hide them in our photos – this saves you from any unpleasant surprises when your package arrives.

Should you for some reason not be satisfied, please don’t hesitate to contact us so that we can begin to find a solution together. In any case, you can return any article within 30 days and we will refund the full purchase price.


We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.