Vintage Carved Victorian Gutta Percha Earrings
Antique long Victorian dangle earrings made from hand carved gutta percha, circa 1860s. Each black earring is expertly carved with and X and diamond design at the bottom and a ribbed design towards the top. The original hook with jet bead at the end finish these beauties off. Very 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.
Gutta percha is derived from tropical trees indigenous to Southeast Asia. The sap from the trees formed a latex which allowed the Victorians to create jewelry, furniture as well as dentistry. Blocks of gray, black and brown were used by the artists to create the pieces.
Materials: Gutta Percha
Measurements: 2 inches long from the top of the ear wire
Weight: 3.5 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!