Jet , a type of coal, is the product of driftwood that eventually gets waterlogged, sinks to the sea floor, is slowly buried in mud, and hardens over millions of years. Unlike coal that’s used for fuel, jet forms in salt water rather than on land.
This hardened glass-like material became extremely popular during the Victorian Era, when Prince Albert died at the young age of 42 in 1861, his Queen went into mourning, and decreed that her court do the same.
Jet became so popular during this period that imitations would soon flood the market. French Jet is not actually Jet; it is simply black glass which was used to fulfill the demand for Jet. These antique earrings are a sweet example of the process.
Delicate and unique, with textured pressed glass drops, they have stylized fleur de lis ornaments with black enameling at the tops. A French hook closure holds them securely on your ears. These have been expertly refitted to provide easier wear and removal. Light as a feather, and oh so chic, they are the perfect pair for any ensemble!
Dimensions: 1" long
Weight: 2.6 grams total
Materials: Gold, Pressed Glass, Enamel
Metal: 14K yellow gold
Condition: Excellent Antique condition commensurate with age and wear