Superb Victorian Whitby Jet Cameo Brooch Large size Antique Mourning Pin Bullmouth Shell Cameo. Natural Whitby Jet from the North Yorkshire Coast England. Whitby Jet has become very scarce and pieces this size that were used for Jewellery in the Victorian Era are now extremely rarely found so it will never be possible to emulate these pieces of jewellery again. This Fabulous Antique Jet Cameo Brooch dates from the mid to late Victorian era circa 1860 to 1880 after Queen Victoria lost her prince Albert and set the country into mourning Fashions. The brooch is a large size with a Spectacular Deeply Carved Whitby Jet Mount in a Puginesque Gothic Style that is very High Victorian. Size of brooch 2 1/4 inches x 2 inches. Size of inset Bullmouth Helmet Shell Cameo 1 1/2 inches x just over 1 inch. Depth of Whitby Jet mount 1/2 inch at deepest points. Original strong Gilt Pin securely affixed to reverse. The Cameo is beautifully carved after the statue of the serene faced Goddess Aphrodite with her Classical Roman Beauty. Around the turn of the century circa 1900 cameos became much cruder so you can always tell an early Victorian one by the supreme quality of the carving. Jewellers loved the ancient Whitby Jet found on the historic North Coast of England near Whitby Abbey because of its ease to carve and facility to take a lovely gleaming shine. The Victorian Ladies loved it because instead of dense black mourning the gleam of the polished whitby Jet added jewel like qualities to their strict mourning outfits. Whitby jet unlike the imitation French Jet (Glass) is also extremely lightweight and warm to the touch so it was comfortable to wear on the arms, neck and didn’t damage the delicate silks and velvets of their gowns. There is something very comforting about the warmth of Whitby Jet against the skin it is wonderfully tactile which I think is another reason it was favoured for mourning jewellery. I have had in storage for a long time so offering at a very fair price. Anything I can help with please contact me. The item “Superb Antique Victorian Whitby Jet Cameo Goddess Aphrodite Mourning Jewelry” is in sale since Saturday, September 21, 2019. This item is in the category “Jewellery & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewellery\Vintage Fine Jewellery\Victorian (1837-1901)”. The seller is “kittyscurios” and is located in Bath. This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America, all countries in Europe, Australia.