Victorian Antique Whitby Jet Earrings 1860s
Antique dangle Victorian earrings made from hand carved Whitby jet, circa 1860s with 9K gold ear wires. Each carved earring has a bell shape bottom dangling from a fan or crown shape top with yellow 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, 9K gold
Measurements: 1 1/4 inches long from the top of the ear wire to the bottom of the bell shape
Weight: 4.8 grams together - very light on the ears
Hallmarks: NA - tested and guaranteed
Date: Circa 1860s - Civil War era
Condition: Very good with no chips or nicks and the engraving crisp. One of the ear wires is a bit darker than the other and has a very old solder mark at the top. None is visible when wearing but mentioned for accuracy. A most unique set of antique earrings!
I love these new little gems! I have not taken them off since I recieved them. Lots of compliments on these earrings. Thank you.