Victorian 14kt Gold & French Jet Hoop Earrings
Jet is a black fossilized wood (other theories believe it to be a form of coal or sap similar to amber) found in may countries including France, Spain, the United States, Turkey, China, Germany, India, Poland and Russia. It is formed when wood would fall into stagnant water and then fossilize, similar to the way that coal was made. There is generally two recognized types: soft and hard Jet. It is believed that the soft Jet was formed in fresh water and the hard in salt water. When her beloved Albert died, Queen Victoria bought and wore masses of Jet. As a result, the Jet trade received much publicity and entered a boom period moving far beyond simple mourning. "French Jet" was a term given to antique glass that was made to mimic the wonderful appearance of Jet.
These earrings are a fabulous example of the beauty of French Jet. From the Victorian (ca1880) era, each earring is comprised of 3 free swinging French Jet hoops that hang from a center link. The center link is also made of French Jet which is backed with a 14kt gold bar and has individual sections for each hoop to hang from. The earring wires are also made of 14kt gold and attach to the back of French Jet round toppers. They are simply beautiful and look gorgeous on and would make a wonderful addition to any collection!
Measurements: Each earring hangs a little less than 1 7/8" long, is 1" at the widest point and has a depth of a little less than 1/2".
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. There is no apparent damage to the gold setting or to wires or to the French jet.