Mourning sleepers earrings in 18 karat yellow gold. Earrings centred of black cabochon made of glass and imitating jet, it is also called “glass of Paris” (verre de Paris). The cabochon is decorated in the centre of a star and a frieze. French earrings called “sleepers” from the end of the 19th century which were often worn by women during periods of mourning.
Eagle head hallmark
Height: 13 mm
Button diameter: 8 mm
Note: the system works. The buckle is passed through the front of the ear. For pierced ears.
Condition : scratches from use
Weight : 1,44 gr
Gemological point : England is the country where one fund the most jet stones, that’s why the fashion of mourning jewels lasted so long there after that Prince ALbert died and Victoria started to wear black mourning jewelry. In France, one could also find some but in less quantity, that is why this fossil gem was replaced by the “verre de Paris”, simply black opaque glass.