Jet Jewellery

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Date:1835 - 1899 (c.)

Description:Jet is a form of coal, which was formed from the compressed and chemically altered remains of plants that lived 170 million years ago.

The north eastern town of Whitby, Yorkshire, became the centre, in Victorian England, for the production of jet artifacts. In the 19th century, jet jewellery was very popular. Women in mourning for a dead relative were expected to wear dark clothes, and jet jewellery was suitable to wear during this time.

19th century

Left to Right: Partly worked piece of jet; Bracelet 68mm x 60mm; Brooch 39mm x 32mm


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1680s
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1770s
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1800s
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1820s
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1860s
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1900s
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2000s
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