Victorian "French Jet" Dangle Earrings
ABOUT THESE EARRINGS
Because fossilized coal from the Jurassic period, transformed over time into the black gem called "jet," was so rare and popular during the Victorian period, resourceful jewelers used an excellent alternative--black glass, also known as "French jet." This pair of striking dangle earrings, a gleaming delightful pinwheel and drop combination, are set with inlays of this glossy glass (virtually indistinguishable from jet or onyx), while milgrain edging, tiny gold spheres, and a trio of lozenge-shaped stones add delightful detail to these Victorian beauties. Hand fabricated in 15ct gold (hence most likely of British origin). Condition note: earrings show some wear commensurate with age (circa 1880).