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Antique Victorian Whitby Jet Brooch. Victorian Gothic Huge Statement Brooch circa 1850. Authentic Hand Carved Whitby Jet Brooch
Antique Victorian Whitby Jet Brooch. Victorian Gothic Huge Statement Brooch circa 1850. Authentic Hand Carved Whitby Jet Brooch
Antique Victorian Whitby Jet Brooch. Victorian Gothic Huge Statement Brooch circa 1850. Authentic Hand Carved Whitby Jet Brooch
Antique Victorian Whitby Jet Brooch. Victorian Gothic Huge Statement Brooch circa 1850. Authentic Hand Carved Whitby Jet Brooch
Antique Victorian Whitby Jet Brooch. Victorian Gothic Huge Statement Brooch circa 1850. Authentic Hand Carved Whitby Jet Brooch
Antique Victorian Whitby Jet Brooch. Victorian Gothic Huge Statement Brooch circa 1850. Authentic Hand Carved Whitby Jet Brooch
Antique Victorian Whitby Jet Brooch. Victorian Gothic Huge Statement Brooch circa 1850. Authentic Hand Carved Whitby Jet Brooch
Antique Victorian Whitby Jet Brooch. Victorian Gothic Huge Statement Brooch circa 1850. Authentic Hand Carved Whitby Jet Brooch
Antique Victorian Whitby Jet Brooch. Victorian Gothic Huge Statement Brooch circa 1850. Authentic Hand Carved Whitby Jet Brooch
Antique Victorian Whitby Jet Brooch. Victorian Gothic Huge Statement Brooch circa 1850. Authentic Hand Carved Whitby Jet Brooch

Antique Victorian Huge Whitby Jet Brooch c1840

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A magnificent, superb quality antique Whitby jet brooch, far from pedestrian, this is one of the largest we have ever come across.

The brooch is early Victorian dating to around 1837. The glossy dense black jet is carved into a domed oval shape with sinuous lines, holes and a line of braided ribbon sweeps across the centre.

Fashion in jewellery always follows fashion in clothes, and jet jewellery is no exception. Very large pieces like this were worn mid-century with the crinoline and the size decreased as the century progressed. The last photo shows 4 good antique Whitby jet brooches (including this one) so you can see the progression of sizes - and the interesting variety of designs - most jet jewellery designs have some sentimental meaning whether it be affection, mourning or piety!

The jet forming this brooch is of particularly good quality, as a gemstone jet is graded according to quality with lesser pieces reserved for pieces requiring less carving. The brass pin back is extremely heavy duty and custom made, it is hand fabricated with the hinge and clasp pegged into the jet. It is a tension pin and thick gauge so it would have been sturdy enough to attach to the heaviest of garments fashionable at the time and greatcoats, cloaks and furs.

A fantastic and early example of top quality Whitby jet jewellery and a testament to the skill of the old jet carvers. A distinctive addition to your antique jewellery collection and if you have ever wanted to acquire a piece of museum quality Whitby jet jewellery at an affordable price then this is the one for you!

Not to be confused with French jet, which is glass, Whitby jet is a fossilized mineral gemstone millions of years old that is only found in and around Whitby, a seaside hamlet in England. Our shop is located in the heart of the old Victorian jet jewellery industry and all of our jet is sourced locally.

 

MATERIALS: Whitby jet

SIZE: 2-1/2" (6.2cm) wide, 2" (5cm) high 3/4"

WEIGHT: 22.2 grams

DATE: Victorian, circa 1840

CONDITION: in very, very good antique condition. There is a chip to the edge of the jet that can be seen in the photos but cosmetically it is still an excellent piece and it isn't particularly noticeable when worn due to the intricate carving. We have taken the chip into account with pricing, this piece would have cost much, much more had it been perfect. It is very difficult to find Victorian Whitby jet jewellery that is free of any flaw.

At Mercy Madge we offer a carefully curated collection of antique and vintage jewellery. Each piece is hand selected with you in mind and we rarely come across two identical old treasures, once they are gone, they are truly gone!

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- RETURNS, you can return your item for a refund for any reason. Just get in touch within 3 days of receiving your order if you wish to do so.

- Unless otherwise stated any antique boxes in our photos are for display only and are not included in purchase. However, do rest assured all pieces will arrive gift wrapped in our Mercy Madge custom made jewellery boxes.

- Our photographs are taken with a magnified macro lens to show you every tiny detail, flaws are exaggerated and aren't as noticeable to the naked eye, similarly shadows caused by studio lighting can give rise to discoloured areas that don't exist.

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Materials: Whitby Jet.