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 is 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.
A very unique Jet scarab set from the Victorian (ca1880)era! This gorgeous set is comprised of a pair of earrings and pendant that carry the same, complimentary design. The fabulous earrings hold a single quartz scarab bug, which is set in sterling silver. The complementary pendant also holds a large quartz scarab bug set with a sterling silver wirework setting. Each scarab bug has gorgeous coloring, with hues of iridescent pink and yellow. It’s a lovely set that would make a fantastic addition to any collection!
Measurements: Each earring hangs 1 1/2" long, is 7/8" wide, and 3/8” thick. The pendant measures roughly 2 1/2" long, a little more than 1 3/8" wide and slightly more than 1/2" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the set is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the jet. The sterling silver setting and quartz scarab bugs are intact and securely set.