Circa 1910, these lovely antique Whitby jet earrings hail from the Edwardian era, the age of bygone elegance.
The earrings have gold plated fittings in a beautiful filigree design with shepherd hook ear wires and beaded ends holding the round orbs of glossy black jet.
Not to be confused with French jet, which is glass, Whitby jet is a fossilized mineral gemstone millions of years old that is only found in and around Whitby, a seaside hamlet in England. It is lightweight so very comfortable to wear.
The earrings are in very good antique condition with minimal signs of wear. There is a curved line in one of the jet orbs which looks like a natural inclusion rather than any real damage because when jet cracks it does so in sharp straight lines. The ear wires are a fairly dainty size so would be better suited to a small ear lobe.
The earrings measure slightly under 1-1/2" in total length (3.6cm) and they are feather weight at 3.6 grams in total. The round jet beads are 12mm in diameter and because these were all carved by hand on a lathe they are not exactly identical. The difference is pretty much imperceptible and simply adds to the natural charm of jet gemstones.
Antique Whitby jet is highly collectable and sought after worldwide, if you have ever wanted to own affordable genuine jet jewellery these might be just the ticket! Our shop is located in the heart of what was the Victorian Whitby jet industry and all of our jet is locally sourced.
At Mercy Madge we offer distinctive and unique antique jewellery. Each piece is carefully hand selected by us, for you. We rarely come across two identical old treasures, once they are gone, they are truly gone!
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