Description: It’s not often that you come across a matching set of antique jewelry, let alone a Victorian, demi-parure consisting of two pieces in such wonderful condition. The set includes a stunning, fairly large, hand-carved, Whitby jet brooch in the shape of an oval that features a cameo portrait Britannia? And a pair of matching earrings with the same Neoclassical motif and mirrored cameos! The soldier cameos are surrounded by beaded frame borders and rope-twist edges/ These designs were hand-carved. The jet was scooped out leaving the desired design behind which was then refined to the beautiful state they are in now. They are in wonderful condition, so much so that I had them authenticated and learned that they date to around 1890, during the Late Victorian Era. Jet jewelry was Queen Victoria’s jewelry of choice at court and what happens at court influences trends, so it was popular for mourning and fashion from the 1860s, with the death of Prince Albert in 1861, until it’s decline during the 1890s. Background: From Collector’s Weekly: Jet is a type of coal, the product of driftwood that eventually gets waterlogged, sinks to the sea floor, is slowly buried in mud, and hardens over millions of years. Unlike coal thats used for fuel, jet forms in salt water rather than on land… More recent examples, only 4,500 years old, have been unearthed in the United Kingdom, from Yorkshire to Scotland. The jet used in those pieces was probably mined in what is now North York Moors National Park, which is just inland from the seaside city of Whitby, which has long been a center of jet-jewelry production. Source: Collector’s Weekly/fine-jewelry/jet. Materials: Whitby jet, various metal brooch fixtures, and earring wires. Measurements: Brooch: 2 inches x 1.75 inches. Earrings: 1.75 inches long with the wires and just under 1 inch wide (15-16 of an inch or thereabouts). Weight: Brooch: Approximately 26.9 grams. Origin: European, potentially English. Condition: Excellent, antique condition as mentioned above. Please use the photos as a guide as they form part of the description and the condition of a piece is subjective. Any boxes or props pictured are for display only unless otherwise noted and are not included with this listing. While the condition of each item is described in the listing, there may be other condition issues not listed, so use the pictures as a guide as they are part of the listing description. Feel free to ask any questions for clarification before purchasing. If you have not paid within this time frame an unpaid item case will be opened. However, Portals of Time Vintage guarantees what it sells. If there is a problem with your order, please contact the store upon receipt to arrange a return. If you have cleaned or polished or modified an item in any way, it is not eligible for a return. These are the rules of the program and they can’t be circumvented. Instead, pricing is based on the style and rarity of the piece as an antique and prices are subject to change according to fluctuations in market value and availability or scarcity of a particular style or type of piece. If you Google “Portals of Time Vintage” the results will come up with the store name, feedback, and reviews since it opened online in 2017. You can also find Portals of Time Vintage on Instagram under the username: portalsoftimevintage for more insight. At Portals of Time Vintage, we believe there is something special about wearing or holding a piece that is vintage, antique, or antiquarian. It creates a connection that can take you back in time. As a historian and store owner, I think of these pieces as artifacts that speak to us about the past. Be sure to check the other listings and stay tuned as more wonderful treasures are listed for sale. The item “Antique Late Victorian Carved Whitby Jet Cameo Mourning Brooch & Earrings Set” is in sale since Friday, July 12, 2019. This item is in the category “Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Mourning Jewelry”. The seller is “portalsoftimevintage” and is located in Santa Ana, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.