Antique Victorian Whitby Jet 14K Gold Dangle Earrings
Beautiful antique 14K gold Victorian earrings made from hand-carved Whitby jet, circa 1860s. Each round black earring has a Whitby jet round bead with original pierced 14K gold 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 collectable and sought after world wide.
Materials: Whitby jet
Measurements: 3/4 inches long with the jet beads measuring 9.75mm round
Weight: 4 grams together - very light on the ears
Hallmarks: NA - tested
Date: Circa 1860s - Civil War era
Condition: Very good with no chips or nicks. A most unique set of antique earrings!