"Flutter By Night"

Antique Victorian French Jet Butterfly Brooch

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  • Regular price $1,050.00


Jet , a type of coal, is 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 that’s used for fuel, jet forms in salt water rather than on land.

This hardened glass-like material became extremely popular during the Victorian Era, when Prince Albert died at the young age of 42 in 1861, his Queen went into mourning, and decreed that her court do the same. 

Jet became so popular during this period that imitations would soon flood the market.  French Jet is not actually Jet; it is simply black glass which was used to fulfill the demand for Jet.  This fabulous black butterfly is one such example.  

Each faceted jet element on this piece reflects the light beautifully and dramatically. The perfect accessory for all of those social butterflies who embrace the night!

Details (approximate)

Dimensions: 2.5"

Weight: 13 grams

Materials: French Jet

Metal: Base Metal

Marks: None

Condition: Excellent Antique condition commensurate with age and wear