Mourning French Jet Buckle Memorial
Condition: The Jet is chipped in several places and the metal is warped. There seems to have been some metal attachment snapped off.
Size: 6cm x 3cm.
What Is Mourning Jewellery?
Mourning jewellery has been in existence for centuries. Queen Victoria's lengthy period of mourning for Prince Albert involved the design of jewellery to match her outfits. Jet particularly from Whitby became fashionable and popular as a result. Wills provided for the purchase of mourning jewellery sometimes replacing legacies.
The demand for jet outstripped supply and other more affordable forms of mourning jewellery were created as a result. This included black enamel, black glass and new products such as vulcanite a material produced from rubber. Other forms such as lockets for hair and photos, cameos and mourning rings were produced.
The 1st world war and its extensive casualties extended the demand for mourning jewellery. Mourning jewellery is very collectible.