Antique Chinese 20k natural jade ear studs set with round jadeite cabochons.
UPDATE: The bright green pair has sold.
I put two different jade colours in one listing, to give you an idea of the jadeite colour in each pair.
This listing offers a choice between one green pair and the other pale green.
The brighter green jade approximates apple green, but not in a neon green way like some apple green jade.
This could be because the bright apple green jadeite is a modern quality coveted by modern people 🙂 Older jade comes in a variety of green shades that are loved for personal reasons.
The light green jade is also an old jade colour that is by now considered ‘pale’. It is surely not ‘ice jade’ (again a modern fascination) but it is a unique shade of green only jadeite can be.
Both colours are good quality jadeite jade. Both are delicate, simple studs worn by younger women.
The visible bezels surrounding the jade are designed to ‘push’ the studs away from the earlobes, by adding a little height to the flat backed cabochons. The solid gold backed jade cabs are also protected this way.
It is this little detail that separates Eastern and Western ear studs. Modern eyes would regard the more gold in these ear studs as ‘traditional’ chic.
Worn on the ears the gold prongs appear like gold dots aside the jade.
These earrings have old style ear posts, common in old traditional Chinese jewelry in this region. Both pairs are at least 60 years old.
Both pairs are about 7-8mm, considered small sized pairs of studs.