An incredible Victorian carved Whitby jet collarette circa 1870. The necklace features glossy black polished jet beads in a beautiful geometric floral design which is both elegant and extremely attractive.
The necklace is collar length measuring 22" and lies perfectly flat at the base of the neck. It is 1-1/4 inches wide at the narrowest point with the flower motifs measuring 1-3/4 inches in diameter.
It is in superb condition and very well cared for with nary a chip to the jet beads. There may be an old repair near the clasp where the thread has been knotted replacing of the small round beads but it is also possible that the necklace was originally constructed this way. The necklace fastens with a push in hidden brass closure.
A rare, eminently wearable, desirable and collectible antique gem!