Victorian Antique Whitby Jet Cameo Earrings 1800s
Antique Victorian earrings made from hand carved Whitby jet with elaborately carved shell high relief cameos, circa 1860s. Suspended from a star shape top, each earring has a three dimensional maiden cameo carving complete with fruit and curls in the hair. The oval cut out pendants are suspended from their 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, shell cameo
Measurements: 2 1/4 inches long and 3/4 inch wide at the widest
Weight: 8.2 grams together - very light on the ears
Date: Circa 1860s - Civil War era
Condition: Very good with no chips or nicks to the cameos. The top of the oval pendants have a few nibbles and nicks where it joins the wire although they are very secure. A most unique set of antique earrings!