Victorian Sterling & Jet Hand Carved Locket w/ Initials
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 encasement. One side of the locket has a smooth, polished surface and the other has the hand carved initials "EAI", allowing the wearer to enjoy two different looks. The locket opens to reveal a silver sterling frame with 2 glass covered spots for your favorite photograph. The locket hangs from a large complimentary black enamel bail. The piece would look fabulous worn hanging from a long chain and would make a perfect addition to any collection!
Measurement: The jet locket hangs approximately 2 5/8" long, measures 1 1/2” at its widest point, and has a depth of about 3/8". The bail measures 5/8" tall and 1/4” 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 and glass frames are in excellent condition and the locket closes easily and securely.