Beautifully crafted authentic antique Victorian earrings made from hand-carved Whitby jet, circa 1860s. Each round black earring has a Whitby jet top with a flat back, dangling carved balls, and a gilt metal hook at the top. 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 great condition with no nicks or chips to the Whitby.
Materials: Whitby jet
Measurements: 2 inches long and 3/4 inch wide at their widest.
Weight: 9.4 grams together - very light on the ears
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.