Victorian 15kt Dangling 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.
Stunning Jet earrings from the Victorian (ca1880) era! These fabulous earrings are made of hand carved Jet accented with 15kt rosy yellow gold. Each begins with a single Jet 'stone' topper that is set in a simple bezel setting and rests at the base of clasped earring wire. A three-dimensional link hangs from the topper and has a wonderful spear-like shape. A smooth, graduating 'handle' merges into a pointed tip with faceted sides. The Jet links have an etched gold topper and a gold band that wraps around the base, right above the point. Very light in weight, these gorgeous earrings would make a great addition to any collection!
Measurements: The earrings hang 2 5/8" long and 5/8" wide and deep.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides minor surface wear and a couple very small, unnoticeable chips at the tips, there is no serious damage to the jet or to the gold setting and the earring wires are secure and in good working condition.