Victorian 18kt Gutta-Percha Hand Carved Acorn 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.
The acorn is a traditional good luck emblem that has long been considered a symbol of strength, prosperity, patience, renewal, and growth. These attributes are partially inspired by nature itself; a mighty oak tree grows from a tiny acorn, giving significance not only to the tree, but to the seed itself. Acorns became a popular jewelry motif dating back to the early Victorian era, and are often depicted in a wonderful range of materials and styles. Their beautiful renderings and sentimental symbolism are still valued in the modern day, making antique acorn jewelry very special!
A fabulous pair of gutta-percha acorn earrings from the Victorian (ca1880) era! These unique earrings are hand carved and made out of gutta-percha. Each hangs from a clasped earring wire which attaches to a gutta-percha bead. Dangling from the ball topper is a link which has been carved into the shape of a small acorn. The acorns and beads are both capped on the top and bottom with 18kt yellow gold. 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 1 7/8" long and are 3/8" wide and 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 18kt yellow gold. The earring wires are both secure and in good working condition.