A pair of Second Empire 18 karat gold earrings with jet and garnet cabochons. Mourning jewel, 19th century.
Victorian mourning jet earrings in rose gold 18 karats. Antique earrings set of buttons-cut black jet, chiselled of starred motives. The cabochons of jet are surmounted by facetted pink garnets. Napoleon III period, Victorian period.
Eagle head hallmark
Height: 16 mm
Diameter of the cabochon: 7 mm
Estimated weight of the garnets : 0,20 carat
Note: the system works. The buckle goes through the back of the ear and closes at the front of the lobe. For pierced ears.
Condition : scratches from use
Weight : 1.03 gr
Gemological point: England is the country where one could find the most jet stones, that’s why the fashion of the mourning jewels, which occurred after the death of prince Albert, could last so long. In France, it was also available, but in smaller quantities, so this fossil gem was replaced by “verre de Paris”, simply opaque black glass.
**The antique box is not sold with the item**