Victorian 14kt Gutta-Percha Dangling 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 beautiful pair of gutta-percha earrings from the Victorian (ca1880) era! These wonderful earrings are hand-carved and form a small oval-shaped hoop that hangs from a 14kt gold earring wire. Dangling in the open center is an ellipse-shaped gutta-percha bead, a lovely detail which gives soft movement to the earrings, and a final bead at the base of the hoop completes the design. The contrast between the yellow gold and the dark matte gutta-percha is wonderful and each earring wire fastens at the back, allowing for secure and comfortable wear. A stylish pair of earrings, they merge perfectly into modern day fashion and would make a fantastic addition to any collection!
Measurements: The earrings hang a little less than 1 1/2" long when worn and measure 5/8" wide and a little more than 1/8" thick
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no serious damage to the gutta-percha or to the yellow gold accents. The earring wires are both secure and in good working condition.