Stunning authentic antique Victorian earrings made from hand-carved Whitby jet, circa 1860s. Each earring has a three-dimensional floral carving articulated joints freely saying from a carved floral top with metal ear wires. These are authentic jet and not glass...light and easy to wear. While these pierced earrings were for mourning almost 150 years ago, they are a beautiful accessory for today's wardrobe. The earrings are in good condition with minimal wear for their age.
Whitby Jet was brought to the attention of the world by Queen Victorian who used Whitby Jet as part of her mourning attire.
Jet is a type of lignite, a precursor to coal, and is a gemstone. It has an organic origin, being derived from decaying wood under extreme pressure. Whitby Jet is the fossilized wood from species similar to the extant Chile pine or Monkey Puzzle tree Today Whitby Jet is highly collectible and sought after worldwide.
Materials: Whitby jet
Measurements: 1 1/2 inches long and 3/4 inch wide at the base
Weight: 4.5 grams together - very light on the ears
Date: Circa 1860s - Civil War era