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Mourning Jewelry: MJ092

BLACK & WHITE / JET & PEARLS ( Victorian Mourning Jewelry Jet & Pearl Locket / Pendant ): When Queen Victoria lost her beloved Prince Albert and plunged all of her vast realm into mourning, black jewelry was the only jewelry allowed at court. The sympathy of her loyal subjects set a fashion for jet jewelry that lasted for decades. Jet is a form of fossilized coal, the best of which was mined in the seaside town of Whitby. Throughout the middle of the 19th Century, when fashion demanded large jewelry pieces, this hand carved Antique Whitby Jet Locket / Pendant would have been the very height of chic. (c. 1870-80) Intricately carved with a looped scroll surround and a twisted rope edging, the center of the front features an applied silver with a gold wash wreath set with lustrous natural pearls. The pearls, symbolizing tears, are all original and the hand carved work is just wonderful. An easily accessed glazed locket compartment on the back currently holds a piece of fabric, but would be meant for hair, a photo or even a dried flower. The large original fitted bale is attached to the locket with a black metal ring. This is an eye-catching, wearable and extremely collectible Whitby Jet Pendant. A regal piece with style and substance, Jet is always elegant and sophisticated – fit for a Queen!

Condition: Excellent. The pearl necklace is not included. Slight signs of wear on bale. A tiny nibble to the back – not visible to the naked eye.
Size: Pendant with bale 3” long. Pendant drop alone 2” high, 2 3/4” wide, 5/8” deep.

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