Antique 1830s Jet Mourning Earrings in 9k Gold

There were strict rules when it came to mourning in the latter half of the 17th century, when these fabulous earrings were made. A widow would wear mourning black for two years, after which she could go into half mourning and introduce a bit of gray, lavender and lilac. A pair of earrings as stylish as these were perfect for the lady in mourning and could be worn long after the mourning period ended. 

These beauties were hand crafted in England in the 1830s in either the Georgian or Victorian era. They contain sparkling faceted jet gems set in 9 karat gold. Jet is a form of mineral which is considered a minor gemstone, it’s created from wood decaying under pressure and there are large deposits of it in the United Kingdom. Whitby, England is the home of a large deposit of Jet. It has been used for thousands of years in jewelry making in England. These earrings are set with one long teardrop cut jet which measures 10 mm long and 6 mm across and 17 round faceted jet gems. The earrings are 50 mm long from the top of the wires and 14.3 mm across at the widest point, they weigh 4.5 grams. They are unmarked, and have been acid tested on the backs and wires to verify that they are 9 karat gold. 

These luminous earrings are a go-with-everything pair in gold and black, they would be perfect with everything from bluejeans to little black dresses. 

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