Gutta-percha is a genus of tropical trees native to the regions of Southeast Asia and northern Australasia. An inelastic natural latex material is produced from the sap of the trees which is also referred to as gutta-percha. The beneficial properties were discovered by Westerners in 1842, and the substance was initially used as an electrical insulator. A few years later gutta-percha became a popular material used to manufacture furniture and then mourning jewelry because it was easily carved and very resilient.
A fabulous pair of gutta-percha earrings from the Victorian (ca1880) era! These unique earrings are hand carved and made out of gutta-percha. Each hangs from gold earring wire which attaches to a cylindrical bead topper which is encased in a gold bezel. Set in the center of the surmount is a vibrant 15kt yellow gold bead and dangling below is a single gutta-percha bead. Hanging from this connector link is a larger gutta-percha bead which is surrounded by a complimentary arc shape. Dangling freely from the bottom are three elongated spears, with the longest shape hanging in the center and the two smaller shapes framing it on either side. The contrast between the vibrant yellow gold and the dark gutta-percha gives the earrings a very attractive look. A delicate and unusual pair of earrings, they look marvelous when worn and would make a fantastic addition to any collection!
Measurements: The earrings hang 2 1/8" long and are 1/2" wide and thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is great. One of the elongated spear links has a very small chip at the bottom which is hardly noticeable when the earrings are worn. Besides this, there is no apparent damage to the gutta-percha earrings or to the 15kt yellow gold. The earring wires are both secure and in good working condition.