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Here is a truly spectacular antique necklace that is not only made in Whitby jet, but also has seven panels of hand carved cameos that makes this necklace stand out like no other. Whitby jet is a fossilized material of a tree called the Araucaria Tree which is also known as the Monkey Puzzle tree. Dense black in colour â€“ which is where the term â€śJet blackâ€ť came from â€“ the best material has always come from the town of Whitby in England, where it was mostly depleted by the end of the 20th century. With a wonderful tactile feel to it, the largest piece in the centre measures 35.2mm in length and the smallest oval pieces near the end 27.7mm in length. The round piece at the very ends measure 15mm in diameter, and laid out from end to end, it measures 40cm in length and sits so beautifully around the neck. This is the style of piece that will make any woman walk tall and feel so proud to wear this. The shell cameos depict various scenes such as St George slaying the dragon and The Three Graces. The way the soft colouring from the shell cameo is set into the black of the Whitby jet, really makes each piece compliment one another, and there is no doubt that whenever and wherever this necklace is worn, it will always get the attention that it rightly deserves. As beautiful and elegant today as when it was made 140 years ago, this Whitby jet and cameo necklace is just divine. Stock# ES3448 Circa: 1880 $Sold.
The colour and texture of Whitby Jet is just wonderful to touch and admire and the jewellery made from it was very popular in during the late Victorian period of the 1880's/1890's era when this White Jet bracelet was made. Made with a cameo of a woman's head in profile set in the centre, this cameo piece measures 35.6mm across by 43.1mm and has so much detail that is wonderful to admire. The facetted links around are all joined by two rows of elastic cord with the largest piece at the back measuring 22.5mm wide by 35mm and the other pieces of alternating two different sizes that makes such an elegant look to this bracelet, that combined with their facetted edges, reflects the light beautifully. This look of this bracelet is just so beautiful and is a piece that can easily be worn with other antique jewellery as well as modern contemporary pieces and fit right in. As beautiful today as when it was made over 130 years ago, this Whitby Jet bracelet will never cease to be admired every time that it is worn. Stock# ES8215 Circa: 1890 $950
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Whitby jet is a lovely dense black colour and is actually the fossilized remains of a tree. It has been used in jewellery as early as 10,000 BC and even though it was also popular in Roman times, it was the Victorian era of the 1800â€™s when it was most popular. These beautiful antique Whitby jet earrings were made in the 1870's and measure an elegant 65.7mm in length making them stand out day or night, and are so beautifully hand carved from top to bottom. Fitted on elegant shepherd hooks, these earrings are as beautiful today as when they were made all those years ago. Stock# ES8872 Circa: 1870 $Sold