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. Mourning fashions and jewelry were all the rage, and jet was a typical choice for all classes.
Carved from one piece of glossy black jet, this cross pendant has a lovely heft. With hand applied gold leafing, it is very graphically appealing, while maintaining an austere presence befitting its intended purpose. It's a perfect accessory for all who love the Goth style and for collectors of crosses alike!
Dimensions: 70mm x 36mm (2 3/4" x 1 3/8")
Weight: 18.7 grams
Materials: Jet, gold leaf
Condition: Very good antique condition; some wear on edges and a small chip on reverse.