These earrings are in lovely condition. They are definitely BLACK colored polished jet despite some of my photos. I had to over expose photos to enable you to see carving work. The jet is in excellent minus condition overall with no nicks, chips, cracks, deep scratches or repairs to the cameo areas. Those hand carved ladies faces are in super all original condition. The backside of their tear drop dangles is a flat surface un-patterned jet. The jet is done in three separate pieces; the large cameo oval, the oval middle connector and the round top ring. The middle oval connector on an earring has been cracked and epoxied back together (see photo # 8). On the left side of the photo the arrows point to the middle ring. The arrows on the right side photo point to the crack. You can find with inspection some original to manufacture uneven polish points at hard to reach curves & some abraded surface at joints & drill holes-remember this is all hand work! The gold joint pin & french style ear wires have no gold marks. They have been acid tested & are guaranteed a minimum of 14kt. But since we believe the earrings to be English in origin that would make the gold 15kt. Regretfully the acid will not tell us the difference between 14 & 15. These delightful earrings dangle 2 1/2" from the curve of the ear wire. The actual jet area is 2 1/16" tall x 7/8" at widest point.