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.
A gorgeous pair of earrings from the Victorian (ca1880) era! These hard Jet earrings are hand carved with an unusual hanging design. A three dimensional diamond shape of Jet hangs from the gold ear wire and attaches to a long graduated prism shape. A faceted Jet bead with a flat top and bottom hangs from the prism. Dangling from the bead are 4 Jet spheres. These earrings are spectacular and would make a wonderful addition to any Victorian collection!
Measurements: The earrings hang approximately 2 5/8" long and approximately 5/8" at their widest.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. There are some very minor chips that can only be seen when viewed closely which is not unusual for hard Jet jewelry from this time period.