These large earrings make quite the statement They would originally have been worn as Mourning jewelry and I rather suspect that they were originally part of a Paurer or suite of jewelry that would have contained matching jewels. That they have survived at all is rather amazing, as so much fabulous Jet has been lost over the centuries.
These incredible earrings are made of carved jet which has been inset with pink shell cameos of a woman in profile. These big but light weight earrings measure 53 mm north to south including the 9 karat gold wires and 21.5 mm wide at the widest point, tougher they weigh just 8.4 grams. Stunning, hand crafted earrings from the 1870s that make just as bold of a statement today as they did over 150 years ago. Made in England of Jet, a type of fossilized coal found in parts of the UK.
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