Kirsten's Corner Jewelry
Victorian Era Carved Whitby Jet, Tear Drop Earrings
A beautiful piece of Victorian era mourning jewelry, these earrings are made of deep black, carved jet. They feature a design of a leaf tree-branch, against a textured background. The oval shape of the earrings make them dangle; up top they have the original 14K gold wire mount, but the loop part is not antique. At the top of the tear drop oval form are two loops that connect to the gold mount. The pieces are all beautifully attached, with hand made care. The earrings are carved out very nicely and are in great condition. The earrings hang 2 inches and are approximately 1/2 an inch wide. They date to the 1880's. The earrings are made of Whitby jet, which is an organic material much like ivory, found on the beaches of Whitby in England. The material of jet was highly sought after then, and still expensive to this day. Jet was very popular as a gemstone for jewelry during the reign of Queen Victoria. She wore jet as part of her mourning dress after the death of Prince Albert. Since then, jet has been associated with mourning and became very fashionable in Europe. Its sombre color and modest appearance are very elegant. It has a beautiful sentiment. Can work well with a romantic evening dress or even a more casual contemporary look.