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Victorian Carved Jet Drop Earrings


These graphic carved jet torpedo earrings were once part of a Victorian woman's mourning ensemble. In the first stages of mourning the bereaved wore only black, so any jewelry also had to be dark-colored and preferably matte. Jet, mined in the Yorkshire town of Whitby, fulfilled these requirements for mourning jewelry extraordinarily well and was popularly used by the Victorians until the mines were more or less exhausted of their supply. Jet itself is a mineraloid formed by the fossilized wood of the monkey-puzzle tree, and the jet harvested in Whitby dates back to the Jurassic period (that makes it 182 million years old). These earrings are carved in a foliate-cum-geometric design with a rose motif at the tops and bases.


  • Materials

    carved jet, base metal fittings, 10k gold ear wires (tests)

  • Age

    c. 1860

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    3 3/8" length measured from the top of the ear wire, 1/2" at the widest point





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Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.