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Classic Victorian design & craftsmanship

By RayHeath  
© Ray Heath...Stylish Victorian jet necklaces display?

Depending upon how you perceive this image ( & how many drinks you have had) it could be of a mount for classic Victorian jewelry with mostly black jet necklaces. Jet is a gemstone. Unlike many gemstones, jet is not a mineral, but is rather a mineraloid. ] It is derived from wood that has changed under extreme pressure.

Jet found at Whitby in the UK is "Jet Rock" that was formed approximately 181 million years ago during the Toarcian age of the Early Jurassic period and is the fossilized wood from an ancient Chilean pine (Araucaria araucana). Jet has also been found in Kimmeridge shale seams in Dorset in the UK.

Jet is very easy to carve, but it is difficult to create fine details without breaking so it takes an experienced lapidary to execute more elaborate carvings. The adjective "jet-black", meaning as dark a black as possible, derives from this material.
Jet as a gemstone became fashionable in the 1850s as part of Queen Victoria’s morning dress while mourning the death of her husband Prince Albert.


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Comments


29 Nov 2022 7:53PM
Marvelous perspective image. Wonderful color & detail.
manicam 18 44 1 Canada
29 Nov 2022 7:54PM
Great great job 👏

Sherman
taggart Plus
18 47 15 United States
29 Nov 2022 10:38PM
Astonishing image and text!
Learnd a lot about Jet-Black!
pamelajean Plus
17 1.8k 2277 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2022 10:06PM
Surely a staircase???

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