VIctorian Antique Whitby Jet Earrings Civil War Era
Authentic antique Victorian earrings made from hand carved Whitby jet, circa 1860s. Each earring has a three dimensional carving similar to a pine tree with articulated joints and balls freely saying from the bottom. 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: 2.25 inches long and 7/8 inch wide at the base
Weight: 7 grams together - very light on the ears
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!