Antique Victorian French Jet Chandelier Earrings

Crescent Moons during the Victorian Era represented spirituality, femininity, and new beginnings. It’s the oldest known symbol to man and dates to the second millennium BC. It grew in popularity during the Georgian and Victorian eras as it was associated with change and fresh starts, just as the phase of moon changes every night and starts over again every month. It makes sense to find this powerful symbol of change and transformation on a set of mourning earrings. They would have been worn by someone who just lost someone dear, looking for a new beginning.

These antique French jet and silver mourning earrings were handcrafted around 1870. Each earring features faceted French jet studs with matching pear-shaped drops that hang elegantly at the bottom. Smooth cut French jet crescent moons can be found in the center of the motif. Together, these earrings weigh 6.0 grams. Each earring measures 59 x 17.4 mm. They have no marks and have been acid tested.

French jet is black glass which was used to simulate jet. It was used throughout the 19th century, during the time of these earrings, in mourning jewelry. Jet is fossilized driftwood that has been used for making beads and ornaments since the Stone Age. 

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