if a sparkling, shimmering, shiny thing could ever be subtle and understated, this would be it. it's a classic beauty, like upswept hair in a neat bun, or the night sky with all that science lying just beneath the names of the things we know. it's the stuff behind those ordinary bits that make them beautiful. the illusion of something bigger than what meets the eye. no need for much fuss-- just a taste... this mound of clustered rhinestones was a clip-on earring dating back about 50-60 years. i found only the lonely one. (oh the stories we might have if we were that other earring!) sterling silver. 18kt gold. vintage rhinestone earring.