Amazing authentic antique Victorian earrings made from hand carved Whitby jet, circa 1860s. Each earring has a three dimensional carving with articulated joints freely swaying. 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 collectable and sought after world wide.
Materials: Whitby jet
Measurements: Each earring measures 2 1/4 inches long and just shy of 3/4 wide at the widest. Hanging on gilt metal ear wires.
Weight: 4.1 grams together - very light on the ears
Date: Circa 1860s - Civil War era
Condition: Very good with normal age appropriate wear. A most unique set of antique earrings!
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Our collection consists of pieces that are of antique and vintage condition, which means that all our items are secondhand and used. Customers are not purchasing 'new', 'perfect' and 'unworn items', and as such, should expect wear and imperfection. It should be expected that these pieces will have normal wear and tear according to their age. Wear could include patina, scuffs on the gold, slightly loose but secure stones, and light scratches on the stones. We try our best to accurately photograph everything with detailed pictures that can be enlarged and will point out any flaws we feel are noteworthy. Please review the photos carefully before purchasing and reach out to us with any questions.