These aren't mere "statement" earrings -- they're a manifesto! Besides their mind-blowing appearance, they even chime softly with each motion. I've seen a lot of great earrings in my time, but none more dramatic than this pair.
Obviously tribal creations made in the Middle East or South Asia, they were sold to us as Kuchi items from Baluchistan, which is between Persia, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Again according to the seller, the earrings came here when her family immigrated in the mid-20th century. They could be considerably older than that, based on the wear shown by their silvered surfaces. Glimpses of underlying brass produce a subtle two-tone effect, which adds depth and interest -- and also lets them mix prettily with whatever jewelry you're wearing, whether silver or gold.
When they reached us, the long drops hung from earwires, which would have been painful and perilous in use. For large earrings, clip fasteners are kindest to the earlobes, but a lot of people hate them, so I cannibalized some other vintage earrings to get these silver metal discs backed with posts. They're reasonably comfortable to wear this way, being a little lighter than you'd expect.
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