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These Siam nielloware silver openwork vintage clip earrings feature Mekkala, the Goddess of Lightning, in a silver filigree frame.

The gorgeous earrings are made of silver and niello. An inverted heart of black niello features the dancing Mekkala in its center. Lightning bolts shoot from her finger and surround the upper portion of her body. A gorgeous openwork textured frame surrounds the heart shape.

Mekkala, Goddess of Lightning, is from the Thai legend the Ramakien.

The earrings measure 7/8" x 7/8" (2.2cm x 2.2cm) and have clip backs that work very well. One is much “tighter” than the other.

They are marked “sterling” “Made in Siam” on the back. Most pieces marked as such are from before 1949 when Siam became Thailand. However, some pieces made after that date were still marked with the Siam name.

These earrings are from my grand-aunt’s vast jewelry collection. Based on this and the above information I would estimate the age of them to be c. 1935. Other Mekkala pieces from her collection can be found here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/4GetMeNotTreasures/search?search_query=mekkala

The earrings are in very good condition. They have been polished with only a polishing cloth – there is still patina on the clips. The backs do have the typical surface scratches known to vintage silver. All of the niello is intact.

Niello is a black metallic alloy of copper, sulfur and silver – and typically lead that was used as an inlay to fill designs.

Nielloware is a pattern carved into silver leaving the figure/design raised. Niello was then used to fill the area and then baked on an open fire. Once done it was sanded and buffed smooth. Silver artisans would then add tiny details to each piece. Nielloware is only black and silver and almost all nielloware is handmade.

These wonderful earrings would look beautiful with outfit. They would make a great gift for someone special, or for yourself.

We have many vintage non-pierced earrings in the shop that can be seen here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/4GetMeNotTreasures/search?search_query=non+pierced+earrings or viewed in the jewelry section of the shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/4GetMeNotTreasures?section_id=6501763

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Have pierced ears? Don’t let the vintage screw back or clip on earring style discourage you from purchasing any of the wonderful vintage earrings available! First – this style can be worn by people with pierced ears but if you’re uncomfortable with that, still no worries! Most probably a jeweler can turn a pair of these earrings into pierced earrings for you. There are thousands of gorgeous earrings from yesteryear out there where this can be done. So next time you’re passing a jeweler – stop in and ask. You might be surprised at what you hear and a whole new world can open up for you!

Mekkala Earrings - Siam Nielloware and Silver Openwork Clip On Earrings - Vintage Non Pierced Earrings


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  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Materials: sterling silver, niello
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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