Gorgeous antique Victorian earrings made from hand carved Whitby jet. Each earring has a three-dimensional carving with a unique six petal floral design. The pendant is suspended from a jet round bead with the original pierced hook wire. 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.
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: 2 inches long and just under an inch wide at the widest.
Weight: 9.6 grams together - very light on the ears
Condition: Very good with a few tiny nicks normal for age and the engraving crisp. A most unique set of antique earrings!