Victorian 14kt Gutta-Percha Hoop Earrings
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 form a large, stylish hoop that hangs from a 14kt gold earring wire. Decorating the outside surface of each hoop is a row of yellow gold studs that resemble small gold balls. The contrast between the vibrant yellow gold and the dark matte gutta-percha is wonderful and very striking. Each earring wire fastens into a small carved hole inside the top of the hoop, allowing for secure and comfortable wear. A stylish and unusual pair of earrings, they merge perfectly into modern day fashion and would make a fantastic addition to any collection!
Measurements: The earrings hang 1 1/2" long when worn. Each hoop has a 1 1/4" outer diameter and is 3/16" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gutta-percha or to the yellow gold accents. The earring wires are both secure and in good working condition.