Victorian Carved Jet Hanging 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 particularly large in size and have a wonderful hand carved design. Each begins with a round Jet topper attached to a simple earring wire. Hanging below the surmount is an elongated Jet link, which has a teardrop shaped design and is intricately carved on the front surface. The carved detail depicts a large grape leaf with a bunch of grapes emerging from below. The reverse side of the teardrop shaped links are flat and have a smoothly polished finish. Despite their size, the earrings are very light in weight and comfortable to wear. They have a wonderful Victorian look and would make a fantastic addition to any collection!
Measurements: The earrings hang 2 3/8" long, are 3/4" at their widest point and 3/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the carved Jet or to the earring wires, which are secure and in good working condition.