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Antique Victorian Whitby Jet Pineapple Brooch. English Jet Gemstone Deep Carved Dome Brooch. Antique Victorian Mourning Jewellery
Antique Victorian Whitby Jet Pineapple Brooch. English Jet Gemstone Deep Carved Dome Brooch. Antique Victorian Mourning Jewellery
Antique Victorian Whitby Jet Pineapple Brooch. English Jet Gemstone Deep Carved Dome Brooch. Antique Victorian Mourning Jewellery
Antique Victorian Whitby Jet Pineapple Brooch. English Jet Gemstone Deep Carved Dome Brooch. Antique Victorian Mourning Jewellery
Antique Victorian Whitby Jet Pineapple Brooch. English Jet Gemstone Deep Carved Dome Brooch. Antique Victorian Mourning Jewellery
Antique Victorian Whitby Jet Pineapple Brooch. English Jet Gemstone Deep Carved Dome Brooch. Antique Victorian Mourning Jewellery
Antique Victorian Whitby Jet Pineapple Brooch. English Jet Gemstone Deep Carved Dome Brooch. Antique Victorian Mourning Jewellery
Antique Victorian Whitby Jet Pineapple Brooch. English Jet Gemstone Deep Carved Dome Brooch. Antique Victorian Mourning Jewellery
Antique Victorian Whitby Jet Pineapple Brooch. English Jet Gemstone Deep Carved Dome Brooch. Antique Victorian Mourning Jewellery
Antique Victorian Whitby Jet Pineapple Brooch. English Jet Gemstone Deep Carved Dome Brooch. Antique Victorian Mourning Jewellery

Antique Victorian Whitby Jet Pineapple Brooch

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Not to be confused with French Jet, which is glass this unusual antique brooch is made from Whitby Jet, a fossilized mineral gemstone millions of years old that is only found in Whitby, a seaside hamlet in England.

Dating to around 1850, the brooch is generously sized in an oval shape with a high domed profile. The jet is deeply hand carved in a pineapple cross hatched pattern and polished to a glossy sheen. A brass fitting at the back with a sturdy pin stem and c-clasp completes this unique jet brooch.

The pineapple was an expensive and rare fruit in mid 19th century Britain and difficult to cultivate domestically so this might have been considered a rather exotic piece of jewellery and may have invited some curiosity! We have seen antique jet gemstone jewellery carved in knots, serpents, acorns, vine leaves, grapes, hazel nuts, twigs and branching coral but fruits are rarely seen.

The brooch is in very, very good antique condition with expected signs of age and careful wear. There are a couple of tiny nibbles to the edges to the jet that are only visible under close magnification and the pin back is in perfect working order. It measures 1-3/4x 1-1/4" (4.5x3.5cm) with a depth of 16mm and weighs 14.7 grams.

Although Victorian jet gemstone jewellery is closely associated with mourning it was very fashionable jewellery in its own right and worn for every occasion including weddings. 19th century Whitby jet pattern books that still survive show the incredible variety of styles that were available with most jet jewellery designs having some sentimental meaning whether it be affection, mourning or piety. The last photos show 4 good antique Whitby jet brooches (including this one) so you can see some of different designs and sizes available at the time.

At Mercy Madge we offer antique and vintage jewellery that is special and each piece is hand selected by us for you. We rarely come across two identical old treasures, once they are gone, they are truly gone!

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Materials: Whitby Jet, Brass.