Victorian Large Jet & Enamel Locket w/Picture & Woven Hair
Jet is a black fossilized wood (other theories believe it to be a form of coal or sap similar to amber) found in may countries including France, Spain, the United States, Turkey, China, Germany, India, Poland and Russia. It is formed when wood would fall into stagnant water and then fossilize, similar to the way that coal was made. There is generally two recognized types: soft and hard Jet. It is believed that the soft Jet was formed in fresh water and the hard in salt water. When her beloved Albert died, Queen Victoria bought and wore masses of Jet. As a result, the Jet trade received much publicity and entered a boom period moving far beyond simple mourning.
A wonderful Jet locket from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This unusual piece is particularly large in size and comprised of a Jet case. The locket opens to reveal a silver sterling frame that holds a black and white picture of a man. On the opposite side of the picture is a sterling frame that holds woven lockets of hair. The locket hangs from a large complimentary black enamel bail, and would look fabulous as a statement pendant hanging from a long chain. It's a magnificent piece and would make a great addition to any collection!
Measurement: The jet locket hangs approximately 2 5/8" long, measures 1 1/4” at its widest point, and has a depth of about 1/2". The bail measures 3/4" tall and 5/8” at its widest point.
Condition: The overall condition of the locket is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the jet piece. The sterling frames, the picture, and the woven hair are in excellent condition and the locket closes easily and securely.