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Victorian Whitby Jet Bracelet

705P
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A bracelet that is composed of eleven carved faceted sections that have been threaded on to plastic thread. In the Victorian era the finest quality jet was sourced in Whitby on the Yorkshire coast. Whitby Jet is actually fossilised wood that has been compressed over millions of years and is found in seams of shale between Robin Hood’s Bay and Boulby. In 1851, Whitby Jet was exhibited at the Great Exhibition, London and soon became coveted by a number of high profile Royals including the Queen of Bavaria and the Empress of France. But Whitby Jet’s most prolific patron was Queen Victoria. When her beloved Albert died in 1861, Victoria took to wearing Jet jewellery in remembrance of him, and it soon became the etiquette to accessorise the period’s mourning fashion with jewellery made from jet. So much so, that the only jewellery allowed to be worn in court during the period was Whitby Jet.

Written by Olly Gerrish

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Date & Origin

Condition

Very Good

Provenance

English

Materials

Jet

Measurements

Length 18cm
Each section 2cm by 1.2cm

Item Number

705P

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