Victorian black jet mourning pendant with 3D cameo of a woman looking down with her eyes closed. The cameo pendant has a small ring bail for hanging on a chain.
Mourning jewelry came into prominence with the passing of Prince Albert, whom Queen Victoria mourned for over 40 years by having all members of the royal court dress entirely in black, including jewelry. This extended to the populace, whose demand for mourning jewelry as a fashionable statement spawned many imitations.
Weighs 16.3 grams. Cameo pendant is about 1¾” wide by 2 3/8” tall with bail by 5/8” deep. Bail accommodates chain up to 4mm wide.
Excellent estate condition. Gently pre-owned.