Authentic Carved Whitby Jet Antique Victorian Earrings
Hand carved authentic Whitby Jet forms these beautiful antique Victorian earrings, circa 1860s. Each earring has a three dimensional carving with a crown, loop and arch on a beveled thick oval. The pendant is suspended from a jet round bead with 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 collectable and sought after world wide.
- Materials: Whitby jet
- Measurements: 1 3/4 inches long and 3/4 inch wide at the base
- Weight: 7 grams together - very light on the ears
- Hallmarks: NA
- Date: Circa 1860s - Civil War era
- Condition: Very good with no chips or nicks and the engraving crisp. A most unique set of antique earrings!