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Victorian French Jet Torpedo Earrings


“French jet”- actually black, or sometimes very dark red, glass - became the go-to material for producing mourning jewelry during the mid to late Victorian era. It was a reasonably affordable alternative to the popular Whitby jet, a form of fossilized wood mined from one small area in England. These incredible earrings with back-to-front ear wires feature floral themed/punk rock elements of faceted French jet affixed to black-lacquered metal. Made in a versatile day-to-night style, the dramatic torpedo pendants can be removed from the flower tops for a more demure look.


  • Materials

    9k gold ear wires, base metal frame, black lacquer

  • Age

    c. 1860

  • Condition

    Very good - some wear to the lacquer on the back of the earrings; day-to-night style (torpedo pendants are removable)

  • Size

    3 1/8" total length, 7/8" tops

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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.