Victorian Whitby Jet & Gold Bracelet
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Whitby jet, with its gorgeous texture, intense black color and waxy luster that polishes to a high sheen, was readily incorporated and fabricated into beautiful pieces of jewelry.
Large and chunky in appearance (and light in weight for extended wearing time) thirteen panels of luscious Whitby jet make up this expandable antique bracelet. The links are attached with elastic wrapped cord (recently re-strung for security and flexibility). The central front panel sports a rose gold appliqué buckle and strap motif accented with wonderful engraved floral and scroll designs.
The main plaque measures 2-3/8 inches (6 cm) in length by 1-5/8 inches (4 cm) in width. The bracelet itself tapers and ascends from 1-1/2 inches (3.5 cm) to ¾ of an inch (2 cm). Weight of 34.1 grams. In very good condition; re-strung with black elastic cord; one small surface scrape one back panel; front plaque inside the applied gold buckle has a small amount of wear. Dates to circa 1870 and is English in origin.
Historical notes: Jet has been worked into objects of adornment and protection for thousands of years. It was during the long course of mourning by Queen Victoria that jewelry incorporating black hit its peak of popularity.