A wonderful carved whitby jet pendant from the Victorian era, c1880! The piece is a lovely tear-shaped and features a wonderful hand carved double rose and foliage motif at the centre. In Victorian times the English rose often symbolised everlasting love. The surround has a beautiful polished sheen and is a nice contrast to the subtle matte carving. An articulated jet bail attaches to the top where a chain or ribbon of your choice can be worn. A nice sized pendant measuring 2" inches (5cm) drop including bail, not too small and not too big! The piece presents in excellent condition considering the age. No 'flea' bites can be seen to the pendant, the bail does have a few little nibbles near edges.
The piece originates from England - Whitby jet is from the English seaside town of Whitby. It is a fossilized wood from the ancient monkey puzzle tree, and jet from the Whitby region is said to be the best quality due to its tough density and high sheen.
Jet was popularised by Queen Victoria, who wore only black mourning jewellery following the death of her beloved husband Prince Albert in 1861.
A piece steeped with oodles of history and sentiment, this fashionable pendant makes a wonderful statement on the neckline!