Victorian Vulcanite Rose Earrings

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A rare and exquisitely crafted pair of Victorian earrings created from vulcanite. Vulcanite was first invented in 1843 by Thomas Hancock. It was made by combining and heating sap of the Euphorbia or Ficus trees from Malaysia with sulphur. It was most commonly used for jewelry and was most often molded, not carved. It varies in color from black to brown. The 40 year period of mourning decreed by Queen Elizabeth after Prince Albert's death in 1861 resulted in a great demand for fashionable and affordable black jewelry. This is a very large pair of tear drop shaped earrings featuring an upside down rose complete with stem and leaves. The backs of the earrings are covered with a molded pattern. Extremely Fine condition with no damage or repairs. The earwires appear to be original. For pierced ears. Not hallmarked. Gift boxed. (The box is not antique or vintage.)
(Item #10601)

  • Circa: 1861-1890
  • Composition: Black vulcanite.
  • Dimensions: 2 inches long (not including earwire) x 1 inch wide at widest part x 1/2 inch deep.

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