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Mourning Jewelry: MJ010

FLORAL TRIBUTE TO LOSS: These huge lovely earrings are a collector’s dream! Suitable for the first stages of deep mourning, these beautiful vulcanite earrings are decorated with roses, a sunflower, snow drops and one helenium blossom - symbolizing love, adoration, hope and tears in the Victorian language of flowers. In 1846 Charles Goodyear patented a process in America which consisted of mixing rubber with 30% sulfur and then heating it to 115 degrees C. The result was a hard material called Vulcanite. Goodyear was mainly interested in making rubber tires, but his product turned out to be the most successful simulant of jet. It could be molded and polished to a luster nearly as good as that of jet. It was light in weight and black in color. Manufactured in both the U.S. and U.K., it reached its peak of popularity in the 1880’s. These earrings are flat on the back for comfort and retain their original black shepherd’s hook wires. The molded floral motif appears to be riveted or pegged on, though their is no rivet showing on the back. They are not glued on. Condition: Excellent. Still a true black. There is one tiny tip of a leaf missing. Size: 2 1/2" long, 1 3/8" wide (exclusive of wires).

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