A wonderful Victorian carved Whitby jet brooch in a stylised snake/infinity love knot form. An ever popular jewelry motif during the Victorian era the snake represented eternity and everlasting love and snake designs were often incorporated into the Whitby jet jewellery that was favoured by well heeled ladies who wore it almost exclusively during their lengthy mourning periods.
This is an elegant and fairly large sized brooch beautifully carved with a glossy black high shine. Dimensional and egg shaped it features tactile sinuous curves that are open to the back and an engraved diamond snakeskin pattern along the center. The last 2 photos show 4 Whitby jet brooches (including this one) so you can see the interesting variety of brooch designs and sizes available at the time.
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 the cliffs at Whitby, a seaside hamlet in England. Although jet is found in several countries the jet found in Whitby is considered to be of the best quality in the world!
MATERIALS: Whitby jet
SIZE: 2-1/4" across, 1-1/2" high and 5/8" deep (approx. 55x38x22mm).
DATE: Mid-Victorian circa 1860
CONDITION: Excellent antique condition with no chips or cracks to the glossy black jet. The brass pin back is pegged into the jet and in perfect working order.
WEIGHT: 10 grams
Fabulous genuine Victorian Whitby jet jewel, desirable and highly collectible! Our shop is located in the in the historic heart of the Whitby jet jewelry industry and all our jet is sourced locally.
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Materials: Whitby Jet.