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Victorian Period Real Jet Watch Fob
Jet has been used used in jewelry in Europe since 10,000 to 17,000 B.C. , though it is more often associated with Queen Victoria’s mourning dress after the death of Prince Albert. While many think of Whitby jet, it is found in a variety of places and has even been used by the Anasazi Tribe in America. There are many substitutions for real jet, the most common being glass, though hard rubber , ebonite or vulcanite, bakelite coal, epoxy resins have all been used in the past.
The Romans used jet in jewelry during much of their 367 year of occupation (43 AD to 410 AD) of Britain. Roman workshops dotted the landscape where it was found. believing it deflected the evil eye with it’s mystical properties. As a result it became popular for use in hair pins, bracelets, brooches, rings, pendants, dagger handles and other jewelry. Most was exported from Eboracum (York) all other Roman Britain and Europe. After the Romans left Britain the use of jet in jewelry declined. It is interesting to note that when an excavation of a Eboracum (York) railway station foundations occurred, an entire Roman workshop was discovered for Jet!
1920’s glass flapper necklace ..beads are glass not real jet
Jet shows up in the Medieval Ages mainly for the use in rosaries. It next became fashionable in the Victorian Period after the death of Prince Phillip. Whitby Jet for carved in many forms and pieces of jewelry then, but they 1920 the craft had declined once again. Glass was also molded to form a suitable substitute, as well as other materials by then, as it was in such demand.
variety imitation “jet” buttons from different eras