Victorian Late 1800s French Jet Antique Star Earrings


    These beautiful black glass earrings are entirely original, elegant antiques. 

    Condition Report:

    Very Good - A faint hairline crack to one panel. This is only visible upon very close inspection with a magnifying glass and does not detract from the overall appeal of the earrings. 


    For more information about these earrings, read below...


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    The Details...

    These earrings feature faceted round and triangular French Jet (black glass) panels assembled into a star design. They are attached onto a metal framework. The earrings are for pierced ears and have their original hooks. They measure 2.25cm in diameter. 

    To view a clip of these earrings, click here: Victorian French Jet Earrings

    A Short History...

    Glass has been a prevalent feature in costume pieces since the invention of jewellery, as it is an easily accessible material that can be formed into any shape and dyed any colour. Black glass was known as French Jet and was initially created in the late 1800s to replicate Whitby Jet. Black jewellery was popularised in the 1800s by Queen Victoria, who, after the death of her beloved Prince Albert, insisted on only wearing black. People wanted to emulate the style of their Queen. 

    Wear it With...

    French jet looks fabulous with white t-shirts. The multi-faceted and intricate design of these earrings would work particularly well with crisp white tones. 

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    Data sheet

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    The jewellery within the Gemma Redmond Vintage collection has survived to this day because it has been well cared for throughout its lifetime. It is important to continue to care for the jewellery that you buy from us to ensure its continued preservation. Here are some suggestions:

    - Be sure to store your jewellery within the boxes that we provide to ensure that it is protected. This is especially important when travelling with your pieces.

    - Try not to get perfume or hairspray on your items. These liquids can damage the materials that our jewellery is made from.

    - Try not to drop your jewellery or catch your jewellery against hard surfaces. If this happens over time, the findings and fixings can loosen and wear.

    - Try not to get your jewellery wet. Some costume jewellery manufacturers utilised water soluble glue in the making of their pieces. Getting your jewellery wet could cause rhinestones and other details to fall away over time.

    - If you wish to clean your jewellery, use a soft polishing cloth or a soft brush.