Victorian French Jet Bead Antique Drop Earrings

These stylish earrings were created in the late 1800s. They are for pierced ears.   

Condition Report:

Very Good - There is some minor rubbing to the surface of the beads. This is only visible upon very close inspection and does not detract from the overall appeal of the earrings. 


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The Details...

These drop earrings feature French Jet (black glass) beads increasing in size. This design is suspended from a base metal open link chain attached to studs, which are most likely 9ct gold. The stud backs are a recent addition to the earrings to ensure they stay securely in place. The earrings measure 4cm x 1cm.  

A Short History...

Glass beads have been a prevelant 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 super stylish worn with white silk.  

  • Colour Gold, Black
  • Occasion Everyday, Cocktail and Evening, Smart Casual, Work, The Festive Season