Victorian Large Hand Carved Jet 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.
A dramatic pair of Jet earrings from the Victorian (ca1880) era! These fabulous earrings are made of hand-carved Jet and hang from simple sterling wires. Each begins with a single Jet ring which connects to a "U" shaped bail link. Hanging below is a large, open link which has a dramatic shape and a 3-dimensional spear that fits inside and dangles freely through the middle. The inside piece has a faceted ring that hugs the middle of the spear and a large, smooth teardrop shape at the bottom. The jet has a wonderful, rich black color and polished finish that would compliment any ensemble. It's a very eye-catching design that is both light weight and comfortable to wear. These striking earrings would make a very fashionable addition to any jewelry collection!
Measurements: The earrings hang 3" long, are 7/8" at their widest point and 1/2" at their thickest point.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear and a couple very small, unnoticeable chips on the back of one of the earrings, there is no serious damage to the Jet or to the sterling earring wires, which are secure and in good working condition.