Victorian Jet Necklace

Victorian Jet Necklace

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A Victorian piece of mourning jewelry made of jet. Circa 1860.

When Prince Albert died in 1861, Queen Victoria was grief-stricken and followed a strict mourning code and the rest of the country followed suit. Full mourning generally lasted for six months to one year and was followed by a period of half-mourning in which the code was slightly relaxed.  Dress, along with jewelry, had to comply with these codes.  Jet, jet substitutes and black enamel were appropriate for full mourning and tortoiseshell, niello and gunmetal were acceptable for half-mourning.

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Additional Information

Jewelry Type

Necklaces and Pendants

Gemstones

Jet

Price

Under $2,500