Antique Victorian Whitby Jet Dangle Earrings
Beautiful antique Victorian earrings made from hand-carved Whitby jet skating from 9k yellow gold hooks. Each carved teardrop black earring is expertly hand carved. These are authentic jet and not glass...light and easy to wear. While these pierced earrings were for mourning, they are a beautiful accessory for today's wardrobe.
Materials: Whitby jet
Measurements: 1 7/8 inches long
Weight: 2.9 grams together - very light on the ears
Condition: Very good with the engraving crisp. A most unique set of antique earrings! The gold hook earring tops are a recent addition.
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.