Ringing in the Original Victorian Whitby Jet Earrings

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The form and condition of these Victorian earrings is perfect from top orb to clamper below. Smooth shining bells, the symbol of friendship and peace are made from Jet from the city of Whitby England. They will move as you do but will not put weight on your ears or cause ringing to disconcert you. The shepherd hook ear wires are 15kt gold.

The town of Whitby was the primary source of jet jewelry that became a court necessity when Prince Albert died unexpectedly. Queen Victoria would allow no color jewelry other than black in her presence. Jet then became an object of fashion for the populace, creating a need and source of income for the town of Whitby and English jewelers. c1860-70

Details

  • Place of Origin
    United Kingdom
  • Date of Manufacture
    Circa 1860-1880
  • Seller Location
    Hastings on Hudson, NY
  • Reference Number
    J14032132974
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Located in Hastings on Hudson, NY

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