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 fantastic jet locket from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This unusual piece is particularly large in size and comprised of a jet encasement. The front of the locket has a smooth, polished surface with a diamond-shaped onyx panel set with a petite old mine cut diamond in the center. The back is plain and smooth. The locket opens to reveal two sterling compartments with crystals. In one of the compartments is a black and white photo of an indigenous woman, and the opposite compartment features an intricately braided arrangement of gray hair. The locket hangs from a large complimentary enameled 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" long, measures 1 1/4" at its widest point, and has a depth of about 1/2".
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 frame is in excellent condition and the locket closes easily and securely.