Featuring a rare Whitby jet and shell cameo focal piece.
The combination of Whitby jet with shell cameos is oh so Victorian. Whitby jet is a fossilised material similar to coal that can be easily carved and then polished to a dull or high shine. It gained popularity in the 19th century as the basis for mourning jewellery. The combination with a shell cameo is one of my favourite things about antique jewellery.
This necklace design features a former Whitby jet and shell cameo brooch, which I have re-purposed into the pendant for this design. The brooch dates to the 19th century.
The chain is a simple but stunning collection of Citrine gemstone beads linked together with hand-wired sterling silver wire. The back of the necklace features an interesting ladder-style chain that came from an antique French pocket watch chain.
This piece has SOLD.