Victorian Sterling & Jet Hanging Teardrop Earrings
Jet is a black fossilized wood (other theories believe it to be a form of coal or sap similar to amber) found in many 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 are 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.
Absolutely beautiful Jet earrings from the Victorian (ca1880) era! These stunning earrings are made of hand carved Jet and hang from simple sterling wires. Each begins with a smaller intricately carved square piece of jet which has a cutout center. A larger, teardrop shaped link attaches through the center of the square topper and each has a bulging, scalloped surface and perforated edge. A large, faceted elongated oval link hangs in the middle of the tear drop. The earrings have a fabulous and interesting 3-dimensional design which looks striking on. Very light in weight, these gorgeous earrings would make a great addition to any collection!
Measurements: The earrings hang 2 1/2" long, 7/8" at its widest point and a little less than 3/8" deep.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the Jet or to the sterling earring wires, which are secure and in good working condition.