French Jet Snowflake Mourning Earrings

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"French Jet" - really a fancy name for black glass - was created in the Victorian era as a cheaper alternative to genuine Jet, which was most famously mined in the Whitby area on the east coast of England. Other black materials used in Victorian mourning jewelry were onyx, Vulcanite (a type of early rubber), gutta percha, and bog oak (ancient fossilized wood usually found in Ireland). Here's how you identify French Jet: first, it feels cold, heavy, and hard to the touch. It's shiny and reflective. It will warm up when hold it in your hands for a few moments. Apparently (we didn't do this) it makes a distinctive high pitched ‘chink’ sound if gently tapped on the teeth. These snowflake-shaped earrings have been quietly living in our Nolita shop for a little while, and they won't make it to the website. 

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  • Materials: French jet, 9k gold
  • Age: c. 1860
  • Condition: Very good
  • Size: 1/2" diameter

 

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About Details

"French Jet" - really a fancy name for black glass - was created in the Victorian era as a cheaper alternative to genuine Jet, which was most famously mined in the Whitby area on the east coast of England. Other black materials used in Victorian mourning jewelry were onyx, Vulcanite (a type of early rubber), gutta percha, and bog oak (ancient fossilized wood usually found in Ireland). Here's how you identify French Jet: first, it feels cold, heavy, and hard to the touch. It's shiny and reflective. It will warm up when hold it in your hands for a few moments. Apparently (we didn't do this) it makes a distinctive high pitched ‘chink’ sound if gently tapped on the teeth. These snowflake-shaped earrings have been quietly living in our Nolita shop for a little while, and they won't make it to the website. 

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  • Materials: French jet, 9k gold
  • Age: c. 1860
  • Condition: Very good
  • Size: 1/2" diameter

 

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