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Antique Victorian Whitby Jet Locket.  Carved Jet Elizabethan Portrait Locket. Large Whitby Jet Mourning Locket. Victorian Mourning Jewelry
Large Victorian Whitby Jet Portrait Locket c1840
Antique Victorian Whitby Jet Locket.  Carved Jet Elizabethan Portrait Locket. Large Whitby Jet Mourning Locket. Victorian Mourning Jewelry
Antique Victorian Whitby Jet Locket.  Carved Jet Elizabethan Portrait Locket. Large Whitby Jet Mourning Locket. Victorian Mourning Jewelry
Antique Victorian Whitby Jet Locket.  Carved Jet Elizabethan Portrait Locket. Large Whitby Jet Mourning Locket. Victorian Mourning Jewelry
Antique Victorian Whitby Jet Locket.  Carved Jet Elizabethan Portrait Locket. Large Whitby Jet Mourning Locket. Victorian Mourning Jewelry
Antique Victorian Whitby Jet Locket.  Carved Jet Elizabethan Portrait Locket. Large Whitby Jet Mourning Locket. Victorian Mourning Jewelry
Large Victorian Whitby Jet Portrait Locket c1840
Large Victorian Whitby Jet Portrait Locket c1840
Antique Victorian Whitby Jet Locket.  Carved Jet Elizabethan Portrait Locket. Large Whitby Jet Mourning Locket. Victorian Mourning Jewelry
Antique Victorian Whitby Jet Locket.  Carved Jet Elizabethan Portrait Locket. Large Whitby Jet Mourning Locket. Victorian Mourning Jewelry
Antique Victorian Whitby Jet Locket.  Carved Jet Elizabethan Portrait Locket. Large Whitby Jet Mourning Locket. Victorian Mourning Jewelry
Large Victorian Whitby Jet Portrait Locket c1840
Antique Victorian Whitby Jet Locket.  Carved Jet Elizabethan Portrait Locket. Large Whitby Jet Mourning Locket. Victorian Mourning Jewelry
Large Victorian Whitby Jet Portrait Locket c1840

Large Victorian Whitby Jet Portrait Locket c1840

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Circa 1840, a superb early Victorian Whitby jet locket with an exquisitely detailed carved cameo portrait of a Tudor lady, either Queen Elizabeth I or Mary I (bloody Mary) of England. This is a large heavy locket, fashion in jewellery always follows fashion is clothes, and jet jewellery is no exception. Very large pieces like this were worn in the mid 19th century with the crinoline and the size decreased as the century progressed.

The locket is all original and looks like it has never been worn, it certainly hasn't been used as a locket, the original paper liners, real glass covers and silver picture rings are still inside. It has a beautiful pillowed profile with the jet still a deep glossy black. A large jet ring at the top is pegged into the silver inner frame forming a very secure long lasting bale. The locket is in superb condition with no chips or cracks in the jet and it closes flush and stays shut with the aid of a heavy duty hinge that is still nice and tight. Any white spots in the photos are camera reflections, the jet is polished to a brilliant shine and it is very reflective.

A fabulous top quality piece of antique Whitby jet jewellery and rare to find in this outstanding condition. The large bale ring means you can wear it with a wide variety of chains, these large lockets look amazing worn on long guard chains (the jet watch chain pictured is not included). Not to be confused with French jet, which is glass, Whitby jet is a fossilized mineral gemstone millions of years old. Although jet is found in other countries, the jet mined in and around the English seaside hamlet of Whitby is considered the best quality in the world.

Whitby jet has long since been associated with mourning, even before the grieving Queen Victoria made Whitby jet jewellery even more popular. Although jet jewellery was very fashionable in its own right, mourning etiquette was so rigid in 19th century England that on the death of George VI in 1830 the Lord Chamberlains Office issued a decree describing the exact type of mourning clothing to be worn, ending with the unequivocal statement "the ornament will be jet" It was this close association with mourning jewellery that ensured the success of the Whitby jet industry and at the same time sowed the seeds of its decline.

MATERIALS: Whitby jet, silver

SIZE: 2-1/2" (6cm) tall, 1-5/8" (4cm) wide, 19mm deep, ring bale 12mm diameter

WEIGHT: 40.3 grams

DATE: Victorian, circa 1840. Our shop is located in the heart of the old Victorian jet industry and all of our jet is sourced locally.

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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- 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, Silver.