The most unusual pair of earrings I have ever seen. Given to me years ago in a box of discarded jewelry by a dear friend, I have never listed these simply because I did not know what they were. I have asked vintage teams and the best answer is that they are possibly a Hawaiian Kukui Nut. Most of the nut Jewelry I have seen are the whole nut where they have painted on top but these are halved and each one appears to have a scene on them that could be hand painted and then sealed for a soft satin look. As you can see they are in vibrant shades of Orange, Red, Yellow, Green and Black. I am sure that the wires are newer than the earring, which was probably a screw back style that was replaced in later years. There is NOTHING LIKE THEM out there that I can see.
One earring is a village scene and the other is of a person (Hard to know if man or woman) in what appears to be a large sombrero. Please see the photo for the size of the earring. The backs are polished and one would almost think it was a very small chestnut when viewed from that size. Very unique and going by the age of my late friend I am dating these in the 50's. When she was in her early 20's and she would have changed the tops to suit her peirced ears.
Please see other listing of matching Pendant Please ask questions before purchasing. Please let me know if you want the matching Pendant and I will fix the listing to incorporate both.