We have acquired an awesome piece of jewelry from the 1800′s! Above is a picture of what is known as a “Victorian Jet and Seed Pearl Mourning Brooch.” And the history behind it is fascinating:
This brooch was designed during the Victorian Era, lasting from 1837-1901. In 1861, Queen Victoria of England lost the life of her beloved husband, Prince Albert, and she fell into a deep depression. Because of this, Queen Victoria declared that her court must wear mourning attire for the next 3 years: heavy black clothes attributing to the loss of a beloved deceased. She also declared her court wear mourning jewelry for the year to follow.
The jet in this brooch is authentic from Whitbey, England, where it was originally mined by the Victorians. The seed pearl placed in the center is meant to represent an angel’s tears. How sweet!
Note: there is a loop for suspension for this piece to be worn as a pendant.
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