Beautiful Victorian Whitby jet mourning bracelet featuring flat back panels of jet faceted in a geometric diamond shaped pattern. The front panel is larger and is rounded at the top and bottom creating a focal point to this lovely piece.
When Prince Albert died in 1862 there was born a fashion for black jewellery in sympathy with Queen Victoria’s loss and Whitby jet became the jewel of choice, it helped that the Queen and her daughters were particularly partial to it!
This is a stretch bracelet and adjustable because it is strung onto cotton covered elastic - just as it would have been over 100 years ago - so it will fit pretty much any wrist size. It measures 8" around at rest.
There are 11 panels with the front panel measuring 1-1/4" high and 3/4" wide, the remaining 10 panels measure 1"x1/2" Circa 1870 and condition is excellent given age with just a few small nicks to the edges of the jet which is still beautifully polished and glossy. We have replaced the elastic so it is nice and strong with plenty of stretch. Jet is a fairly fragile and brittle material, the last thing you would want is the elastic to break and the pieces fall to the floor because they can shatter. Fabulous and highly collectible example of antique Whitby jet jewelry!