The sepia woman holding the lantern is ‘lighting the way so that others may see’ (an allegory to God) with her right foot forward and the foliage behind her. The difference in the clasp to the piece shows it was a later addition to a pendant.
A true antique treasure. This is a genuine piece of Victorian mourning jewelry from the 1800s. The design is stunning with rolling gold scroll work filled with black enamel. In the center is a chalcedony with a dark red tone. The back of the piece contains a locket of woven hair and an inscription with the name and date. It can be worn as a pendant or as a brooch. Circa 1851.
Cameo Mourning Necklace Art Deco Black Pendant 24" Long
Whitby jet mourning jewelry When Victoria went into mourning the need for non shiny black jewelry led to the rise and popularity of Whitby jet. Whitby a seaside tourist area had a deposit of this easily carved coal like substance. The demand for Whitby jet totally cleared the deposit